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Friends Of Westchester County Parks Host Fundraiser To Benefit Camp Morty

A group counselor selfie was taken before camp officially begins.
A group counselor selfie was taken before camp officially begins. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – The Friends of Westchester County Parks has announced a special fundraiser for Camp Morty that will take place at its Annual Best Friends Awards Reception Wednesday at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. 

Guests will have the opportunity to participate in a dedicated auction to pay for several enhancements to the program. Camp Morty, which is at Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem, hosts approximately 300 children annually through the Department of Social Services. Children that visit the camp each summer come from homeless shelters, the foster care system, or are on public assistance in Westchester County.

“Camp Morty provides a wonderful opportunity for local children who may never have the chance to partake in such a fulfilling camp experience,” said Joanne Fernandez, chairwoman of the Friends of Westchester County Parks. “These children often come from difficult situations, so we are excited about the opportunity to provide them with more great experiences.”

During the awards reception, Friends will have a silent auction for enhancements at Camp Morty. The auction will include Help Fund a Gaga Pit - $5,000; a 3-D projector - $1,400; a new library of books for kids of all ages - $1,000; “Superhero” grants for guest artists and special programs - $500 each; and iPods with portable speakers - $300 each. 

“Camp Morty has great outdoor activities that include hiking and nature study, swimming, boating and canoeing, as well as campfire programs and more. We want to make sure that these programs at Camp Morty continue to grow strong at the spectacular 1,081-acre Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park in northern Westchester,” said Joe Stout, executive director, Friends of Westchester Parks. 

With the theme “Celebrate a Year of Growth with Friends,” this year’s honorees at the Friends’ Awards Reception are Westchester Medical Center, Business Council of Westchester’s Rising Stars Alumni, Robert DelTorto and REI. The event co-chairs are Friends of Westchester County Parks board members Linda Carrington of Hudson Valley Bank and Christopher Cawley of William Raveis Legends Realty. 

The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. The ticket cost is $275 per person and sponsorship packages are available. For ticket or sponsorship information, call (914) 231-4548 or e-mail, or visit for more information.

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