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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2015

Contact:  Marie Larsen, (805)471-9208

Camp Hapitok – 2015 Summer Session Restored
44 year tradition continues

San Luis Obispo, CA – Camp Hapitok, a residential summer camp for SLO County children with speech and language disorders, is going forward with its 45th summer session, based on new developments from the SLO County Office of Education. In January the Friends of Hapitok, the advisory and fundraising board to Camp Hapitok, learned that its 40+ year joint partnership with the SLO County Office of Education was changing due to the Office’s legal concerns.

This put the Friends of Hapitok in the precarious situation of raising in excess of $80,000 prior to the start of camp this summer.  Dr. James Brescia, Superintendent of SLO County Schools, announced at the SLOCOE Board meeting last Thursday that he is waiving the 2014 SLOCOE bill for Camp Hapitok and is committed to letting Camp Hapitok use the camp facilities “free of charge”.

“We were thrilled by the announcement,” said Marie Larsen.  “Our board met briefly after the meeting and discussed the possibility of a camp for the upcoming summer.” Larsen said the group considered all factors over the weekend and voted to restore camp for 2015.  “We are still not out of the woods fiscally, however based on the outpouring of support from the community we feel we can raise the necessary funds in time for camp,” she said.

A 60-day crowdfunding campaign for Camp Hapitok 2015 has begun.  The Friends of Hapitok is committed to raising at least $55,000 to support this year’s camp with a small amount of seed money remaining to support Camp Hapitok 2016 and beyond. The Friends of Hapitok will continue to work with local service organizations, send their bi-annual newsletter and conduct all other pre-planned fundraisers to help meet their goal.  Visit http://www.CampHapitok.com for more information.

Additional information about Camp Hapitok is available at www.CampHapitok.com.

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