CONY Parks Donate $42K to ‘Camp Good Days’
Campground Owners of New York (CONY) announced that it has raised $42,416.25 for Camp Good Days and Special Times, a New York State-based organization providing camping experiences to children with cancer. CONY revealed the tally at a special ceremony on Saturday (Nov. 3) during its 49th Annual Exposition for the Outdoor Hospitality Industry, held at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Water Park in Queenbury, N.Y., according to a news release. Using a special oversized check, CONY unveiled the donation amount to James McCauley, PAVE director for Camp Good Days, who was on hand at the event representing his organization. Shown in the photo are (L-R) Gary Mervis, chairman and founder of Camp Good Days; Matt Anderson, CONY Region 1 director, Camp Chautauqua; James McCauley, Jr., Camp Good Days PAVE director; and Don Bennett Jr., CONY president and CEO. By the time of the ceremony, CONY had received a little over $33,000 from donations raised by member campgrounds during the summer camping season. Following the exposition, additional funds were submitted, increasing the donation by thousands of dollars, and bringing the total to $42,416.25, an amount exceeding all expectations for this first-ever CONY fundraiser. “It was simply overwhelming to be with these wonderful people!” said McCauley. “The fact that this organization was able to raise that amount of money, in such a short amount of time is just fantastic and very much appreciated.” Representatives of CONY visited the Rochester, N.Y.-based Camp Good Days office on Nov. 7 to present the additional checks to Camp Good Days Chairman and Founder Gary Mervis.