The Jimmy Fund means many different things to many people. For the Garrett family of Leominster, Mass., and 200 fellow campers, it meant a recent weekend at Foxboro’s Normandy Farms Campground as part of a new pilot program simply called the Jimmy Fund Campout.
The campout was held at four New England campgrounds Sept. 14-16 in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. All funds generated from the first-time camping event benefited both the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
Since the early 1980s, the Jimmy Fund has been the charity of choice for Foxboro’s award-winning, campground according to Human Resource Director and Function Coordinator Marcia (Daniels) Galvin, who teamed up with pool supervisor Erin Mitchell to co-host this unique inaugural campout.
Earlier this week Galvin, campground recreation director Doris Daniels and Mitchell traveled to Fenway Park to present a very special check to the Jimmy Fund. With that presentation, Normandy Farms Campground made it to the quarter-million dollar mark in celebration of three decades of giving.
“Our total now reaches the $250,000 mark for our 30th year,” said Daniels. “Now we will have a new benchmark to reach for the future. The Jimmy Fund Campout was a great success this year. We look forward to doing it again next year.”
And they are doing it for families like the Garretts.
“Anything for the Jimmy Fund,” said Barbara Garrett said when asked why her family traveled all the way to Foxboro.