Seattle, WA, September 21, 2017 – Easterseals Washington board member, Gregg Picard, presented Easterseals Camp Stand By Me with a check for $5,500 from The Cody Project at our most recent board meeting. This generous gift will have an immediate impact at Camp – giving children and adults with disabilities the chance to enjoy the natural wonders of our state in an accessible environment, often for the first times in their lives.
The Cody Project is a nonprofit organization based in Maple Valley, WA that provides lasting impressions and expanded opportunities for children. The volunteer-led organization was founded by Russ Foster and his family in memory of their late son, Cody Foster. The Cody Project supports local nonprofit organizations with services designed to empower children with bright futures and unlimited happiness. This donation reflects funds raised at The Cody Project’s annual fundraiser, Pizza With a Purpose.
“I am impressed with the drive and heart of the people who lead The Cody Project. Their generous gift enriches our program at Camp Stand By Me, helping kids with disabilities feel empowered and included while giving their families a much needed break. We are very grateful.” – Cathy Bisaillon, Easterseals Washington President & CEO
Gregg Picard serves on the board for the The Cody Project and just recently joined the Board of Directors at Easterseals Washington. Camp Stand By Me has played a large role in Gregg and his family’s lives. His son, Coltin, has been attending camp sessions for several years where he has truly thrived and gained new independence. Gregg’s support and recommendation of this gift exemplifies his qualities as a leader and philanthropist, and we are very pleased to welcome him to Easterseals Washington as one of our newest board members.
This year, Camp Stand By Me not only celebrated our 44th anniversary, but we welcomed a record number of campers to our summer sessions. This year, more campers than ever swam in our therapeutic pool. More campers than ever rode horses, canoed, and told stories around the campfire. More campers than ever made new friends and new memories that will last a lifetime. This is only possible with the amazing support we receive from our community and dedicated organizations like The Cody Project. If you would like to get involved and make an impact at Camp, contact Alexandra Geneser, Easterseals Washington Development Director.