On Saturday September 24th 2022, over 100 camper alumni, friends, families, parishioners, and supporters gathered to attend the 75th anniversary luncheon for Camp DeWolfe, at The George Mercer School of Theology in Garden City.
There was a celebration of the rich history of Camp DeWolfe over the generations, of past, present and future, including a presentation from Dr. Ray Batvinis from the Former Agents of the F.B.I. and also Howard Hawkins and family, who shared about the past role Benson House played in helping the Allied Forces end WWII; Executive Director Rev. Matthew Tees, who spoke about the present ministry to families and campers of all ages and the significant increase to over 4000 year-round guests annually, to Camp DeWolfe since the COVID-19 pandemic; and The Right Rev. Lawrence Provenzano who gave hope about the future vision for Camp DeWolfe as a spiritual center and sacred place for all.
The 75th anniversary luncheon raised $18,565 for camper scholarships, from donations, tickets sales and a silent auction. The luncheon was time of fellowship and re-connection for the wider Camp DeWolfe community, made possible by the support of Mary Beth Welsh and Episcopal Ministries of Long Island.
Music by Major Tom and foods by Guy Anthony’s, with sunshine and fall festivities, provided a joyful time to praise God for His faithfulness to all over the last 75 years, and look ahead with hope for the next!
We look forward to the ways God will continue to use Camp DeWolfe in the lives of future generations of campers of all ages. As part of Camp DeWolfe’s 75 years of ministry celebration, contributions to camper scholarships can be made here – click here. Thank you!