Each year, several awards are given to individuals, organizations, departments, and companies at the end of the week of camp. Here are the current awards and previous winners.
Leah McFarland Award Leah was a camper for our first two years of camp. She worked hard, tried everything, and persevered when the skills were hard. She cheered on her friends and laughed a lot. Leah was diagnosed with Battens disease and passed away a few years later. The Leah McFarland Award is given to a boy and a girl camper who try hard, persevere, and encourage others.
2007: Katie Karis; Anthony Hardy 2008: Jacob Jarrell; Martha Ruether 2009: Miso Kwak; Travis Laska 2010: Cheyenne Everett; Madeline Garber; Casey Thorn; Brennan Carman 2011: Brianna Rhodes; Cody Reese 2012: n/a 2013: Josh Vanderworken; Makka Adam Djouma; Jordan Vieira 2014: Madeline Garber; Kincaid Pollock; Andrew Mead-Colegrove; Ellie Delucia 2015: Robert Crouse; Victoria Everett 2016: Thomas (TJ) Harris II; Alexander Giovanni; Morgan Cook-Sather; Silvia Liberatore
Lou Lieberman Award Lou Lieberman was Lauren's grandfather. When she first started camp he spent many hours encouraging her, giving advice, and recommendations for fund raising and planning. At 95 years of age he bought a computer and learned how to use e-mail so he could communicate on a regular basis with her. He died at 97 years of age. The Lou Lieberman award is given to a male and female counselor who is professional, self-less, shows integrity, and works well with their athlete all week.
2007: Phil Cocozzo; Leah Ketcheson; Judith Gombas 2008: Chol Kim; Carey Glover 2009: David Campbell; Meg Shewchuk 2010: Megan Shirey; Megan McCabe; Kyle Sochia; Justin Crossway 2011: Ruby Foote; Sarah Singer; Alex Mercer; Tim Busch 2012: Alex Shultz; Anita Moody 2013: Matt Hopkinson; Maebh Barry; Erin Kavanagh; Cody Reese 2014: Lizzie Weaver; Christian Gunn 2015: Collin Hilley; Lindsey Evans 2016: Alexander Schultz; Brian Fox; Sara Koppenhaver; Jessica Parfitt
The Jim Burch Above and Beyond Award Jim Burch was the father of Quinn Burch. He and his wife Peg enrolled Quinn who is deafblind in camp at 9 years of age and were very proud of her accomplishments. They cheered her on and helped her see that she could do anything for many years. Jim started our bowling at camp and also ran fundraisers in the Albany area. He raised a tremendous amount of awareness about camp in that area as well as a lot of money. Jim passed away from cancer. This award is given to a person, organization, department, or company who goes "above and beyond" for the benefit of Camp Abilities.