Our Amazing Community Makes Camp Possible For Orange Grove Students

Friday, May 16, 2014

I cannot thank you enough for bringing awareness to your readers about Orange Grove's Double G Camp. Since you published the article "An Urgent Call to Action" this past Monday we have received a "Flash Flood" of letters and donations supporting our campers.  As of today, a total of 24 scholarships have been awarded to individuals who would have never had a chance to attend if it weren't for the support of our scholarship fund. 

These past three days have shown me what an amazing community we live in.  Chattanooga is filled with people that not only care about the population we serve at Orange Grove Center, but they also embrace the importance of all experiences and opportunities that come with attending summer camp and engaging in recreation.

But let's please not forget about two people that have spearheaded Double G Camp for more years than I can count. First, would be the late Mr. Gordon Street whose foundation has donated its picturesque property, for at least 60 years,  providing an oasis of adventure for our campers who have disabilities. GG Ranch is a truly special place that we will always be honored and humbled to have access to. 

The second person I would ilke to thank is Mr. Chip Chapman (former Double G Camp counselor). His generous actions, and insurmountable support shined a light on the importance of Double G Camp. We cannot thank him enough for his commitment to the greater good. 

OGC's Double G Camp may have been lying close to dormant in the public's eyes for the past years, but I can assure you it has been thriving year after year in our small (sometimes isolated)  world.  Because of all our supporters out there we have been given the opportunity to carry on this legacy and are now pressed with the challenge of making each year better than the last. 

On behalf of our campers, I could never express the gratitude of support received from you and your readers.  They have made your "prayers answered" with a "flood of letters." 

Lizzy Cheek, CTRS, AFP
Department of Therapeutic Recreation
Orange Grove Center

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