“Despite how insignificant it sounds, ever since quarantine, I really hadn’t been able to see my friends that much. Going to camp and being able to have fun and connect with people, regardless of whether they were complete strangers or not, was very impactful to me.” – Tomas, 4th Summer Campership Recipient
In Remembrance of Barbara Elaine Emmons
It is not every day that the Foundation receives a gift that is so impactful that it has the potential to change the trajectory of the organization. We are so fortunate to have received a legacy gift from a long-time donor whose generosity will impact the kids that we serve for years to come.
Barbara Elaine Emmons (Barb) was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. After graduating from South Bend Central High School and Olivet College, she then embarked on a long career as an art teacher. After a stint in Massachusetts, she moved to Colorado Springs in 1972, where she taught at East Junior High School and Holmes Junior High School.
Growing up, Barb spent her summers at the family cottage at Diamond Lake in Cassopolis, Michigan, where she excelled in water skiing, swimming and sailing. She and her father, Norris Emmons, competed as a team in sailboat races and she eventually taught sailing at Camp Eberhart in Jones, Michigan. But the mountains and horses of Colorado had called to her ever since she attended Cheley Colorado Camps in Estes Park as a teen.
Barb spoke about the importance of camp in every conversation. She could not stress enough how life-changing the experience is for kids who get to go to camp year after year. She truly believed that her experience at Cheley Colorado Camps changed her life and made her who she was as an adult.
Her belief in our mission was so powerful that she dreamed of sending kids to camp through the Foundation long after she was gone. Upon her death, that dream became a reality as Barb bestowed upon us a legacy gift that will help shape the future of our organization. It is with this extraordinary gift that the Foundation will be able to impact the lives of so many of the kids that we serve for years to come… and for that, we are eternally grateful.
If you are interested in leaving a legacy gift and making a lasting impact like Barb, contact us today at 720.981.2532 x 100 or send us an email.
Our campers are very excited about the summer of 2021 and all of the positives that it will bring. Click on the video below to view a special message about what they are looking forward to and how grateful they are for the support of our donors and volunteers.