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35 kids enjoy picnic, games at annual event

Photo by Contributed Photo, Contributed

Board members from Opus and Person-to-Person gather at their annual Campership Picnic for local children with executives from ROSCCO Stamford Schools Community Organization and event sponsors The Home Team. From row from left, Ceci Maher, Person-to-Person executive director; Doug Milne; and Sheree Frank, of The Home Team. Second row, Sheila Glenn, ROSCCO director of family support programs; Elizabeth Hole and Caroline Gallagher, Opus co-presidents; Tasha Blair, Balloon Day board liaison; Sarah Cara, Opus co-president; Audette Bisaillon, ROSCCO director of before- and after-school programs.

Opus for Person-to-Person hosted 35 children at its annual Campership Picnic July 16 in the community center of St. Luke's Parish in Darien.

Sponsored by The Home Team real estate agents Sheree Frank and Doug Milne, the event featured games, arts and crafts, and a magic show. Lunch and ice cream were provided by the Cow-abunga Food Truck.

Guests were school-aged children who receive scholarships from Opus and Person-to-Person to attend summer camp.

"It was incredibly heartwarming to be part of this event and to meet so many of the children we help send to summer camp," Caroline Gallagher, co-president of Opus for Person-to-Person, said. "The Campership Program is a vital initiative, which not only helps working parents solve their summer child-care needs, but also gives campers lifelong skills and memories."

All children considered for camperships live in low-income households in Stamford and are referred through their schools. Typically, Opus and Person-to-Person Camperships serve approximately 15 percent of the total number of children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals in Stamford, a primary criterion for consideration.

Opus raises money throughout the year for camperships, but the majority of the funds come from the annual Balloons for Campers Day event. Opus and Person-to-Person together raised more than $140,000, making it possible to send more than 480 children to camp this summer.

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