The event for auction bidding and donating is open from now until Thursday, November 19th, at 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars, and plan to join us on November 19th for an online presentation, and bid on a beautiful piece from the deBoulle Collection. As well as others
We are proud to support Camp Sweeney. Our event goal is to raise $100,000 for the children of Camp Sweeney. Each year, campers need $1 Million in financial aid. Help us get there by bidding, donating, and sharing our Sweeney story. Every amount big or small makes a difference. See our auction items below. Check back often as we will continue to add items.
Make a donation to Camp Sweeney: https://campsweeney.org/donate/
A diagnosis of Type 1 diabetes changes the life of a child forever. Days filled with school, sports, and activities are quickly replaced by blood tests, insulin injections, and carbohydrate calculations. Every step required to manage their diabetes is a step away from what children see as “normal.” But at Camp Sweeney, Type 1 diabetes is normal. And when diabetes disappears, every camper can show what makes them special, not what makes them different.
Camp Sweeney makes the practice of good diabetic control normal, so every child is on a level playing field and no longer feels that diabetes makes them different. Campers are given opportunities to succeed and once they begin to achieve their goals at camp, they develop confidence in their own talents and abilities. Campers support one another over the course of a session, they build friendships that are based in service – friendships they can count on long past the end of the summer.
Camp Sweeney opened in 1950 and has provided a positive turning point in the lives of more than 35,000 children. Camp Sweeney is regarded as one of the largest and most effective diabetes education facilities in the world and serves over 1,000 children every summer.
Operating a medical childcare facility is extremely costly, about $4,500,000 per year. While some campers are able to pay tuition, Camp Sweeney provides financial aid to approximately 86% of campers. No camper has ever been turned away.
In 2012, the Sweethearts for Sweeney gala began as a collaboration between the Boulles and close friend David Genever-Watling, who identified the need to provide scholarships for underprivileged children to attend Camp Sweeney.
Today, the gala takes place just before the winter holidays under the moniker ‘Gift of Sweeney’ and raises more than $200,000 each year to fund special scholarships for children with extraordinary circumstances. Since 2012, deBoulle has helped raise more than $1,100,000 for Camp Sweeney.
“Camp Sweeney provides financial assistance to any campers who cannot pay, but sometimes even this is not enough for children to attend camp,” said Dr. Ernie Fernandez, Camp Sweeney’s volunteer Camp Director. “The Gift of Sweeney event at deBoulle allows us to bridge the gap for our families in greatest need.”
To learn more about Camp Sweeney or to help a child with Type 1 diabetes, visit CampSweeney.org