EATON — YWCA Dayton hosted its third annual Corks for Camp: A Fundraiser for Girls LEAD! in Preble County on Thursday, April 25, with great success.
Hosted at Olde Schoolhouse Vineyard and Winery, the evening included a five-flight wine tasting, light refreshments, merchandise sales, a 50/50 raffle, and a brief speaking program that highlighted the importance of continuing girls’ leadership development through the summer — particularly in rural communities.
“Our Girls LEAD! is unique in that there’s no other programming in Preble County that offers what our Girls LEAD! program offers,” said Courtney Griffith, YWCA Dayton Preble County manager. “Strengthening women and girls’ leadership development is one of YWCA’s core focus areas, and we are especially committed to reaching all girls, from urban to rural communities.
“Girls in rural communities tend to have more limited access to leadership development opportunities, so our Girls LEAD! provides these future Preble County leaders the tools they need,but might not otherwise have.”
Corks for Camp raised more than $2,500, which provides camp scholarships for 25 girls.
Girls LEAD! Summer Camps provide a comprehensive experience for girls, ages 11-14, by incorporating programming that addresses girls’ overall growth and development, including social/emotional, academic, and leadership development. Camp provides a wide range of hands-on, experiential activities that build girls of strength, courage, and compassion.
Two sessions are planned in Preble County: June 10-21 and July 15-26, both at the Eaton High School Athletic and Wellness Center. All camps take place 8 a.m. through 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost is $100 per session and includes lunch, snacks, commemorative items, and field trip transportation.
“[Last year], my child had a lot of fun. It’s hard for her to make new friends, but she felt welcomed by the girls and was excited to go to camp every day,” said one parent. “I asked her and the other girls what they learned; They knew this was an experience that was exclusive and has given them tools for a lifetime.”