PALMYRA- Tricia Kuntz, Palmyra’s Purple Painted Lady, enjoys spreading happiness in whatever she does.
And she enjoys sharing the wealth – that’s why organizations such as Camp Onseyawa this year received some of the proceeds from her 7th annual Purple Painted Lady Festival.
More than 300 hand picked artists and junk dealers, food truck vendors and musicians turned out to show and sell “one of a kind” items.
“This is an amazing one day, unique event held at the home of The Purple Painted Lady®!” Kuntz explained. “Just for fun- seven years ago- I hosted an outdoor event that was called The Purple Painted Lady® Barn Sale & Junk Jubilee to sell my inventory of painted furniture. It started out small- but has grown wildly over the last few years along with our business.”
The more than 6,000 visitors who attended this year’s event were greeted by folks from Rotary’s Camp Onseyawa, a two-week camp for special needs children age 8-16. At the end of the festival, Kuntz, presented a generous check to Camp Onseyawa board member John Kenny. The 63-year old camp was selected because of the many years of good service provided to the campers by Rotarians and volunteers., Kenny said.
“We are so grateful for Tricia’s generosity, which will help insure that our campers have the same experiences that many of us hold dear from our camping experiences – such as archery, crafts, swimming and boating,” Kenny said.
Camp Onseyawa was formed in 1955 to provide a true outdoor living experience to children with disabilities.
The camp is open to children age 8-16 with a physical, mental or emotional disability which would exclude his or her successful participation at other camps. The camp is for everyone without regard to race, color or national origin. Since its inception the camp has helped hundreds of campers to grow in self-confidence and experience success in physical activities and human relationships.
The camp’s program spans a wide variety of daily activities designed to spark the interest of every camper. Program areas include swimming, riflery, handicrafts, ceramics, drama, fishing, boating and much more. The staff aims to provide fun and teach leisure skills that often become hobbies when the camper returns home.
Campers live in tents, sleep in sleeping bags and gather for meals each day in the centrally located dining hall.
Many evenings at camp end around a campfire under the stars; others are spent taking part in a play, being a contestant in a game show, dancing to the music of a live band or just sitting on a bunk talking with a new friend.
Camp Onseyawa is held during the last two full weeks in August each year, at the facilities of Boy Scout Camp Babcock-Hovey on the shore of beautiful Seneca Lake.
Today the camp is supported by funds raised by members of 24 Rotary Clubs from Ontario, Seneca, Yates and Wayne counties who conduct fund raising events so that the children can attend camp with no cost to their families.
For more information about Camp Onseyawa, contact John Kenny, 315 759-9269 firstname.lastname@example.org.