Highlights of the Year
The last year has been a milestone year for Camp Attaway. In November, Attaway celebrated its 20th Anniversary of serving children and their families. To commemorate this milestone occasion, former campers and their families, camp staff both past and present, and generous corporate donors came together to celebrate at Jailbreak Brewery for our “20th Anniversary Bash.” We were thrilled that Howard County County Executive, Allan H. Kittleman, honored Attaway by presenting a proclamation commemorating Attaway’s 20 years of service to the county. It was a night filled with joy and celebration as 160-plus people came together to savor tasty food, craft beer, and a myriad of exciting auction items. There were many tear-filled faces as two former campers gave highly personal testimonials in which they expressed their gratitude to Camp Attaway and explained how Attaway had had a lasting effect on their lives.
Additionally, we are grateful to Dana Henry, beloved former Attaway Program Director, who lovingly stitched together 20 years of pictures in an emotional video retrospective that showed many of the faces Attaway has impacted. Thanks to the hard work and donations of many generous individuals and corporations, funds were raised to help ensure that Attaway can continue being a life-line to children and families.
Attaway also continues to make major strides in accomplishing the objectives laid out in our Strategic plan, Vision 2021, including a significant expansion of our Board of Directors. We are very pleased to announce the addition of four accomplished board members:
- Karen Cherry, Vice President, Office Leasing, The Howard Hughes Corporation
- Chimaobi Chijioke, Manager, Large Customer Services at BG&E/Constellation Energy
- Jennifer Ferguson, IT Consultant and,
- Elizabeth Homan, Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing at Howard Community College,
These new board members bring expertise that will expand our board in diverse areas. All agreed to join the Attaway family because they want to make an indelible mark on the lives of children and their families.
We are also humbled and honored to report that the Howard County’s Citizen Services Board, at its 16th Annual Successes for Children event, selected Camp Attaway to receive the evening’s highest accolade, the O’Donnell Family Award, given each year “in recognition of extraordinary commitment to providing caring, outstanding and effective direct care to the children and youth.” A grateful Attaway parent had nominated Camp Attaway for consideration for a Citizens Services Award, and of all the individuals and organizations recognized by the County for excellence, Camp Attaway was selected for the top honor.
Returning Home Feels Great
We are thrilled to report that we have partnered with the Howard County Public School System. We are grateful to Board of Education Vice Chairwoman Ellen Flynn Giles for being an advocate and in helping to facilitate Attaway securing a spacious centrally located lovely home in Columbia at Jeffers Hill Elementary. We are thrilled to once again return to Jeffers Hill Elementary where Principal Patricia Shifflett, Vice Principal Brian Vanisko, and staff gave us a very warm welcome home. There are many perks to being located at Jeffers Hill Elementary, but walking to the pool is at the top of the list for Attaway campers!