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benefiting the Myra and Eugene Gamell Nature Play Garden at Camp Loyaltown

Join us in raising money to help build a nature play garden to be named for Lisa’s parents at Camp Loyaltown.  As many of you know, Lisa’s sister Tracy is severely brain damaged and has benefitted from various programs supported by the AHRC over the years.  CAMP LOYALTOWN is an amazing place where children and adults with disabilities like Tracy’s can have an amazing summer camp experience.  This program has been wonderful for Tracy, and our family.   As you see below, the new garden being built (and designed by our niece Ashley) will only enhance that experience.

So please, join us in supporting what has been our family’s major fundraising focus all these years.  

Much Love,
Lisa and Rory


Myra and Eugene Gamell Nature Play Garden at Camp Loyaltown

The Myra and Eugene Gamell Nature Play Garden at Citizens’ Camp Loyaltown in Hunter, N.Y. is an important initiative that will greatly enrich opportunities for children and adults with autism and developmental disabilities to connect with nature. The garden is designed to be accessible to all and provide diverse opportunities for campers and counselors to explore, relax, learn, and play in a peaceful setting inspired by both therapeutic meditation gardens and active nature playgrounds. Winding garden paths lined with grasses and flowers invite visitors in wheelchairs or on foot to enjoy plant colors, textures, and fragrances and observe butterflies visiting native Catskill wildflowers. Hands-on, interactive elements such as a pebble harp, water pump and sluiceway, and zen painting easel activate the space, invite open-ended play, social interaction, and experimentation.

The design includes an expansion to the existing vegetable garden, adding raised, wheel-chair accessible planting beds, a cut-flower border, accessible potting bench, and composting, greatly expanding opportunities to cultivate, harvest, and water vegetable crops for campers of every ability. The pathway through the garden is called “Myra’s Way,” honoring Myra Gamell’s passionate love for gardening and nature, as well as her lifelong devotion to Camp Loyaltown. The garden concept was designed by Myra’s grand-daughter, horticulturist and nature educator Ashley Gamell, who formerly spearheaded the Discovery Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The total fundraising goal to complete construction and landscaping is $35,000, of which $22,000 has been raised.

If paying by check, donations should be directed to:

Citizens Options Unlimited, Inc./Camp Loyaltown
189 Wheatley Road, #3
Brookville, NY 11545
Attn: Mary McNamara, Foundation Director

Please reference the “Gamell Nature Play Garden” in the memo section of the check or mention it in any covering letter.


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