|Posted on March 3, 2014 at 9:55 AM|
Laurie (Hertzberger) Crecca made a pledge and donation in memory of Debbie Roach, sister of Melissa Roach. Here's what Laurie said:
Camp Ma-He-Tu holds a very special place in my heart for so many reasons, and Debbie is one of them.
My sister, Jill Herzberger Cedar, and I were the second generation of women to attend Ma-He-Tu, following in the footsteps of my mother, Lenore Illjes Herzberger and my Aunt Jean Illjes, who were campers in the late 40's and early 50's.
For Jill and I, 1975 was our first summer at Camp, and a love of Ma-He-Tu was born in each of us. That first year we met "the Roach sisters"- Pam, who is a few years older, Missy and Debbie, and a true friendship that continues to this day was also born. I am not sure how many times we were actually in the same cabins and tents, but generally speaking if you found one of us, you found all of us. We lived and learned, drank "bug juice" and scratched mosquito bites together for many summers, "deep in the woods"!
We all grew up on Long Island- the Roach girls had been born and bred in Brooklyn, and Jill and I in Hampton Bays. While we spent our summers together at Ma-He-Tu, we also spent our winters travelling the Long Island Railroad to visit, and learning so much more about one another...our friendship and love for one another continuing to grow.
Debbie passed from us too soon, in the spring of 1995. When I think about her, the word that comes to mind is "laughter". Those days at Ma-He-Tu were filled with laughter, and Debbie would throw her beautiful her head back and laugh with abandon- she had a smile and light in her eyes that you could not help but join in when you were in her presence!
I miss Debbie, but am grateful for the joy she brought me and my sister during our summers at Camp Ma-He-Tu. She was as beautiful on the inside as she was on the outside.
Missy and I have remained close friends, and this past summer her daughter, Chloe, and my daugher, Caroline, were Junior cabinmates at Ma-He-Tu! Not only does Chloe resemble Debbie, but that same spirit is there in her, and I believe that the joy Debbie found at Camp lives on in Chloe.
The Foundation also received a touching pledge and donation from Ward Bourn, widower of Jane Lamb Bourn, who attended camp in the 1940s and 1950s. Jane's name first appeared in a 1941 Babbler along with her sister, Judy Lamb, when they were living on Staten Island. Jane appeared again in a Babbler as a Pioneer in 1950, winning awards in sketching, ping pong, campcraft, and as an outstanding athlete.
Two of Jane's contemporaries were Nancy Fitschen and Joanne Mattson. Nancy eventually became directress, and Joanne Mattson (DeVoe) attended the first years of Women-in-the-Woods with her daughter, Kathy DeVoe.In 1951, Jane was listed as a staff member, along with one Dottie Beerman, whom we know now as Dot Becker. We don't know how much longer Jane attended Ma-He-Tu, but we know she carried it with her the rest of her life. She and her husband, Ward, planned an estate gift to Ma-He-Tu, and Ward visited Ma-He-Tu following Jane's passing. We thank Ward for making Jane known to the generations of Ma-He-Tu campers who followed her through his pledge.
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|Posted on October 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM|
The Lutheran Community Foundation reported today that our initial $25,000 investment grew by $1,000 without any additional contributions! And while the stock market will subject our endowment fund to both ups and downs, it's a sign that we are truly invested and growing. Just wait until we start our pledge campaign this January!
|Posted on September 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM|
Jean Pidgeon was a gentle person who came to Ma-He-Tu as a camper and served later as a counselor and assistant director into the early 1990s. She attended the 75th anniversary in 2012 and led the dining hall in a spirited rendition of A Muzza Muzza. Later that year Jean was diagnosed with cancer and passed away in the spring of 2013. A friend of Ma-He-Tu has donated $1,000 to the endowment fund in her memory. We are so pleased to honor and remember Jean through this contribution!
|Posted on July 31, 2013 at 10:55 AM|
Mrs. Annamarie White, widow of Camp Ma-He-Tu's founder Dr. Paul C. White, bequeathed $20,000 to Camp Ma-He-Tu upon her death as a lasting legacy to the camp her husband founded and served so faithfully as a Lutheran minister. With this gift, the Whites have now founded the endowment fund that will ensure Ma-He-Tu's financial health in the years to come.