Come Fly Away--and Support Hospice of the Shenandoah's Camp Dragonfly

Friday, May 22, 2015

"Camp Dragonfly is the only place where I don't feel like I'm the only person that has lost someone. No one really understands unless they have felt it. People at Camp Dragonfly are really the only people that I express my feelings to. My best friend has never seen me cry and at this camp people understand what it is like when she wouldn't understand." (Camp Dragonfly Camper in 7th grade)

Camp Dragonfly, a weekend bereavement camp for children and teens directed by the professional staff of Hospice of the Shenandoah, is a special place where kids can grieve. When a child experiences the death of someone they love, they often feel alone because most of their friends don't understand how it feels. Since it began in 1999, Camp Dragonfly has served more than 1000 children. The camp is free to campers, and funded by private charitable donations.

I'll Fly Away, a barbecue and blue jeans event with music and libations will be held on Friday, June 12 from 6 pm until 10 pm at Sugar Loaf Farms in Staunton. While Camp Dragonfly is for children and teens, this event is adults-only. Cost for the event is $50 per person, and half of the fee will directly support Camp Dragonfly. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling the Augusta Health Foundation at (540) 245-7551 or visiting the website, www.augustahealth.com/foundation/ill-fly-away-event.

"The Augusta Health Foundation is pleased and proud to host this event that will benefit the children attending Camp Dragonfly," said Tami Radecke, Vice President-Fund Development and Executive Director of the Foundation. "We are grateful to the many volunteers, sponsors and friends of Augusta Health who are providing gifts of time, talent and treasure. It should be a really fun night!"

Those with a desire to support Camp Dragonfly, but unable to attend the event, can make a contribution by calling the Augusta Health Foundation at (540) 332-5174 or online at https://augustahealth.thankyou4caring.org. A gift of $250 will support one child for his or her weekend at Camp Dragonfly.

I'll Fly Away is hosted by the Augusta Health Foundation to support Camp Dragonfly. The Augusta Health Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Augusta Health, an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety for the last three consecutive years, and has been name one of America's 50 Best Hospitals in 2015. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at (540) 245-7329 or visit our website, www.augustahealth.com.