Lake Community Makes Waves to Support Nonprofit Wilderness Camp

Moorelands

 

Old Mill Marina rallies support of Kawagama Lake community to make First Annual Starry Summer Night Bash benefiting Moorelands Wilderness Camp a smashing success.  

Over 100 people attended the 1st annual “Starry Summer Night Bash” on August 22, 2015 in support of Moorelands Community Services (MCS) – and more specifically their Moorelands Wilderness Camp.  The camp provides a sleep-away wilderness opportunity for kids from low-income neighbourhoods in the GTA who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford one. The gala and auction, which was held on Kawagama Lake in the Governor General’s Architectural Award winning Moorelands Camp Dining Hall, grossed just under $40,000 through ticket sales, auction item sales, and generous donations from the lake community.  

The live auction was a huge success made possible by the contributions of sponsors in the area and included private plane rides from Kawagama Lake cottagers, a deluxe canoe trip package from Algonquin Outfitters, generators from Mountain Trout House Marina, and a top of the line wake surf package donated by a Kawagama cottager. Bidding wars were had! Brenda Norfolk, a cottager on Kawagama Lake, ended up with the winning bid on a hot ticket item – the 16’ Princecraft aluminum boat donated by Old Mill Marina. For the grand finale, many cottagers came together to bid on “Sending a Kid to Camp”, resulting in funding for 4 complete camp packages. All together, the live and silent auctions raised just under $20,000.   “Someone patted me on the back last night and whispered in my ear that we should be proud of pulling this event together,” said Rob Walisser, owner of Old Mill Marina and organizer of the event.

Weeks earlier Rob heard about the large deficit MCS was facing and knew something needed to be done. He decided, despite the tight time frame, that a fundraising event should be thrown.

“We were happy to play our part, but what I was really proud of was what the lake accomplished – we started planning this event less than six weeks ago.”   Rob continues, “I sent an initial email out to a dozen people asking for support in early July – I instantly had the owners (who each happen to be Kawagama cottagers) of Muskoka Brewery, Flat Rock Cellars, and Il Fornello restaurants put their hands up and say “I’m in – what do you need?” That gave us the confidence to say let’s do it, despite the short timelines!” Special thanks go out to Kawagama cottagers who opted to give family sponsorships and those who donated despite being unable to attend. Based on the widespread success of the evening, Rob also vowed, “This will become an annual event.”

Lynda Tilley, Camp Director/Acting Executive Director of Moorelands shared some videos and stories of how uplifting the camp experience is in the campers’ lives and said, “We are overwhelmed by the community spirit found here on Lake Kawagama. We’re delighted that you came out to explore all that Moorelands has to offer our children, and to celebrate your own sense of adventure and joy in community.”  Moorelands Wilderness Camp – http://www.moorelands.ca Old Mill Marina – http://www.oldmillmarina.ca 

Related Articles


New Boats: Beneteau Oceanis 34.1 – A Sleek, Good -Looking Delight To Sail

By Katherine Stone

There is nothing more that I enjoy than being with friends and messing about in boats. Messing about in brand-new boats on a champagne sailing day on Lake Ontario at the beginning of the summer doesn’t get any better. To have the new owner, Helmuth Strobel and Anchor Yachts dealer Pancho Jimenez aboard made it even more special, as they can also speak to what they truly enjoy about the boat. We keep our own boat in a harbour that has a long waiting list for boats over 35 feet, so this little gem would definitely fit the bill and feels like a much bigger boat. True to the spirit of the 7th generation Oceanis line, the 34.1 is built in Poland and replaces the 35.1. It is 1,000 lbs lighter, 14 cm narrower and has 29% more sail area.

Read More


Destinations

Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands has Reopened

Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands has opened its rebuilt and re-envisioned luxury private island in 2024 after the property closures from the Virgin Islands’ 2017 hurricane season. Peter Island Resort has been undergoing its transformation for over six years. Its evolution includes brand new and upgraded accommodations and new state-of-the-art facilities and five stellar beaches amid hundreds of acres of unspoiled tropical island.

Peter Island Yacht Club

The new Yacht Club will be a must on the itineraries of sailors, boaters and yachtsmen with a marina that can accommodate a range of vessels from power boats, sailboats and catamarans, to super yachts of up to 200 feet. Located in Sprat Bay harbor, the Yacht Club will be its own destination with a dedicated swimming pool for Yacht Club guests, Drunken Pelican restaurant and bar, a commissary, Sea Chest Boutique and a sports recreation area with pickleball, basketball and bocce ball courts and a lawn-games area. To protect the coral reef and marine life surrounding the island, moorings will be located in White Bay, Sprat Bay, Deadman’s Bay…

Read More