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Non Profit of the Week – The Painted Turtle

| SC Living | October 5, 2017

From its adaptive programming to its hospital outreach program, The Painted Turtle empowers children with life-threatening illnesses to gain independence and build a community where they are not alone.

SeriousFun Children’s Network Back Story

In 1988, Paul Newman started the first camp in a family of camps in Ashford, Connecticut. He then expanded that vision by helping to establish camps in New York, North Carolina, Florida, here in California at The Painted Turtle, as well as overseas in Ireland, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Hungary and Israel. This family of year-round camps continues to grow and there are currently 14 camps (including provisional members) in the United States and seven camps overseas. Additionally, Global Partnership Programs based on this camp model have been developed in Africa, Southeast Asia, India, and South America.

Each of the SeriousFun Camps is independent and responsible for raising its own funds. The programs empower children to reach beyond the limits of their medical conditions to create lasting and positive impacts on their lives.
Since 1988, the SeriousFun Children’s Network of camps has improved the lives of more than 864,000 children and their families from more than 50 countries and throughout all 50 United States. They strive to serve more than 90,000 children with varying medical conditions and their families every year — all free of charge.

For more information, visit www.seriousfunnetwork.org.

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In 1999 Paul Newman and Page Adler, along with a group of other dedicated individuals, co-founded The Painted Turtle. Through the ongoing commitment of these individuals and many who sit on the board of directors today, the dream of The Painted Turtle became a reality. Since opening in 2004, the camp has served thousands of campers and family members through its year-round programs. In September 2007, The Painted Turtle established its Outreach Program called The Painted Turtle Outpost, which brings the hopeful, playful spirit of camp to children at hospitals and community events. Now in its fifth year, The Painted Turtle Outpost program continues to thrive and reach children all across California.

The Painted Turtle Hoedown BBQ

The Painted Turtle’s North Los Angeles County Regional Advisory Board will host its 12th annual BBQ fundraiser on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Painted Turtle camp in Lake Hughes. Community members are invited to attend the celebration, which offers an exclusive tour of the campground, delicious food and cocktails, live music from The Hit Machine, and a boisterous live and silent auction with prizes ranging from exclusive Paul Newman memorabilia and adventurous trips to fine jewelry and autographed sports memorabilia. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Painted Turtle camp for children with serious medical conditions.

“The annual BBQ is not only a great evening, but it’s also an important fundraiser for The Painted Turtle,” said Chris Butler, chief executive officer of The Painted Turtle. “Through the generosity of individuals and companies, like this year’s Title Sponsor, Ridgetop Ranch Properties, funds raised at this event help support Camp’s programs and services. We are grateful to the Regional Advisory Board for hosting an event that benefits campers and their families in such a festive way.”
The only medical camp of its kind in California, The Painted Turtle serves over 70 different medical illnesses for children. The organization’s year-round, state-wide programming strives to give kids the opportunity to celebrate the simple joys of childhood. “This is the perfect opportunity for the Santa Clarita Valley and Antelope Valley communities to learn about and get involved with The Painted Turtle,” said Ryan Murphy, co-chair of the North Los Angeles Regional Advisory Board for The Painted Turtle.

“This incredible camp has served more than 130 children from within the Santa Clarita Valley community since 2006 and is located just 20 minutes from Copper Hill Drive, yet few people know about this amazing place,” added Tom DiPrima, co-chair of the North Los Angeles Regional Advisory Board for The Painted Turtle. “By attending the BBQ, guests can experience camp while also supporting the incredible work provided to our community.”

For more information, contact Brianne Sheldon at briannes@thepaintedturtle.org, call 310-451-1353 x112 or visit www.thepaintedturtle.org.

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