power in numbers

all facts and figures. but the true benefits can’t be counted. the laughter, the confidence, the empowerment. those are limitless.

2014: together, we made a serious difference!

  • Four camps celebrated significant anniversaries. Barretstown in Ireland commemorated its 20th year; Over The Wall in the United Kingdom reached its 15th year; and The Painted Turtle in California and Victory Junction in North Carolina each recognized 10 years of camp programs and outreach to children and their families.
  • North Star Reach, the provisional member camp in Michigan, broke ground on their site in July 2014. The camp is planning a grand opening celebration in Spring 2016.
  • SeriousFun launched its Young Professionals Group with an inaugural “Fall Into Camp” party. The vibrant new group will drive efforts to build support and awareness for SeriousFun with the next generation of families, philanthropists and fans of camp, alike.
  • Two star-studded galas in New York City and London, which artfully showcased the breadth of the Network, raised more than $2.75 million in support of SeriousFun camps and programs.
  • Our Global Partnership Program (GPP) welcomed two new programs to our SeriousFun family in 2014. The first, Camp Rainbow-Bangalore, serves children living with HIV in southern India. The program operates in partnership with Action Service Hope for AIDS Foundation and receives technical support from our partner YRGCARE in Chennai (India). GPP also expanded its footprint in Latin America by launching Huantiknemi Campamento (meaning “Let’s Walk Together”), a program in Mexico serving children living with cancer. The program operates in partnership with Dr. Sonrisas and Valle Verde Campamentos.
  • SeriousFun awarded 12 Network Improvement Grants in 2014. The nearly $400,000 disbursement enabled camps to upgrade facilities, improve accessibility and safety, and provide training to staff.
  • SeriousFun celebrated 20 years in partnership with GSK in 2014. A new three-year gift of £750,000 was made to mark the occasion. The funds will support all six SeriousFun camps in Europe and Israel and provide for a range of programs aimed at improving the care and support SeriousFun offers to children living with serious illnesses.
"I feel like I got inside a wonderful fairytale." − a camper