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Left to Right: Matt Anderson and Noah Anderson of Camp Chautauqua; Gary Mervis, Wendy Bleier-Mervis and James McCauley of Camp Good Days and Special Times and Mark Anderson of Camp Chautauqua.

Left to Right: Matt Anderson and Noah Anderson of Camp Chautauqua; Gary Mervis, Wendy Bleier-Mervis and James McCauley of Camp Good Days and Special Times and Mark Anderson of Camp Chautauqua.

After tallying all the figures, Campground Owners of New York (CONY) announced that Camp Chautauqua in Stow, N.Y., operated by Mark Anderson and family, raised $34,000.00 in donations for Camp Good Days and Special Times as part of CONY’s fourth statewide fundraising event for charity held throughout 2015.

According to Suzanne Bixby, CONY’s marketing and communications director, CONY’s fundraising over the past four years has raised approximately $248,000 for Camp Good Days, and each year Camp Chautauqua has outpaced all other contributors.

“This year, CONY campgrounds and campers raised over $91,000 for Camp Good Days and Special Times, our largest annual total yet,” Bixby said. “That amount wouldn’t have been remotely possible without Camp Chautauqua leading the way once again, contributing an amazing 37% of the entire amount in 2015. The Anderson family’s dedication to CONY’s officially designated charity is beyond measure and just simply amazing.”

According to Matt Anderson of Camp Chautauqua, there are many thanks due to others for helping his family’s park be a top fundraiser. “We’re thankful to Tabone Construction, Tabone Paving, 3 Seasons Recreation, R&R Landscaping, Misty Ridge Landscaping, Ravlin Hill Archery and so many others that donated products, services, time and money to the cause. We also thank Tom Robson for his auctioneer services, and all our campers and guests that bought balloons, and purchased auction and raffle items.”

With fundraising by CONY campgrounds from across New York state, a combined total of $91,000 in checks were presented to by CONY leaders to Camp Good Days and Special Times Founder Gary Mervis at a special ceremony Nov. 14 during CONY’s annual exposition held at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona.

Camp Good Days and Special Times is a New York state-based organization providing camping experiences free of charge to children with cancer. Since its inception, Camp Good Days has served more than 45,000 campers from 22 states and 29 foreign countries at its camp, located on the shores of Keuka Lake. More information on the camp is available at www.campgooddays.org.

Participating CONY campgrounds raised funds in a variety of ways, including selling paper balloons and t-shirts, displaying change collection boxes, and hosting special events including walks, dinners, raffles, auctions, and concerts, to name a few.

CONY member campgrounds are raising money once again in 2016 for Camp Good Days.