Camp Felix hosted their annual Open House earlier this month for campers and their families, as well as friends, supporters and staff from The New York Foundling. Camp Felix is located in Putnam Valley, NY, an hour north of New York City.
This year’s Open House included field games, a BBQ, and a talent show put on by campers and staff. This year was particularly special as Camp Felix celebrated its 10th anniversary and the atmosphere was overflowing with happiness and excitement!
Rebekah Dopp, Anthony Gallo and Sr. Carol Barnes from The Foundling’s Board of Trustees and Haley Wright, Denis Torlic, Caroline Udelhofen, Chris Arnell, Amanda Barstow, Christine Stokes, Christopher Leake, and Amanda Elsbree from the Junior Board joined the fun by hanging out with campers while participating in cabin activities such as making arts & crafts, playing recreational games, and helping campers rehearse their talent show acts for the evening. After the busy activity-oriented day, all settled down to enjoy an amazing BBQ spread donated by Boar’s Head. The Foundling’s President and CEO Bill Baccaglini, spent the day connecting with campers and reminded them how special it is to be given the opportunity to attend camp and spend time in the great outdoors.
In the days leading up to the Open House and right up to the very moment of going on stage, campers and staff rehearsed their talent show acts. Each act was unique in that it reflected their personalities and their day-to-day lives. The show consisted of a medley of talents: dances were performed in the styling of stepping, hip hop and even a rendition of Michael Jackson’s Thriller, popular songs from the radio were sung acapella as well classic songs accompanied by the guitar, and original poems were written and recited that evening. For some of the campers, it was the first time performing such talents, but all acts were well received and accompanied with multiple rounds of applause and cheer. If there was ever a place to debut one’s talent, Camp Felix is one of the most welcoming and encouraging environments to do so. It was an inspiring and magical day where all could gather in the Camp Felix community and truly live in the moment.
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