Dear Friends of Camp Aranzazu,
Our hearts go out to everyone on the Texas coast and in the Houston and central Texas region displaced or harmed by this tragic storm. As you most likely are aware, Camp Aranzazu was directly in the path of Hurricane Harvey. All of our staff evacuated and are safe; however, as expected, most of our buildings, many of which are new, suffered significant damage.
Our trees seem to have taken the brunt of the storm. Almost all of the Live Oaks are either uprooted or have lost numerous limbs. The hurricane has dramatically changed the appearance of the camp. You can see photos here. We are without power and water, and will be for some time.
We are highly focused on the safety of our team and the immediate needs of our extended camper families in the region; but, as you can imagine, Hurricane Harvey also is going to greatly impact the camp’s finances. We anticipate losing approximately $300,000 in revenue this fall, which will make it impossible to make ends meet for the camp this year and next without immediate support. The cost to rebuild and repair is hard to estimate at this point, as we are still assessing the damage, but could be twice that much even with insurance..
Many of you have asked how you can help. Right now, our greatest need is for financial support to simply keep our doors open during the initial recovery process. To make a gift, you can click here; send a check to the camp's Houston business office (8945 Long Point, Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77055; or call Jennifer Fernelius at 713-705-9718.
In addition, I encourage you to support the camp’s first ever shooting event, “Holiday Bells & Shells,” which will take place on December 12th in Houston. Even if you don’t shoot, you can join us at a fun party afterward. Details can be found here. We are evaluating the ZaZu fishing tournament, which had been our largest fund raising opportunity and will send a further note to update you.
We intend to host a volunteer weekend sometime soon for those who are willing to help us clear away tree limbs and do whatever else we can to restore the camp. If you live in the area and can come for the day, you will be able to help sooner. If you are interested in knowing more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. and let us know. We will provide details soon.
One of the things that makes Camp Aranzazu most unique, besides our coastal location, is our very committed and generous friends. With your help, we are confident that we will restore the camp to its original beauty and will get back to the business of caring for children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses. Their needs have not ceased during this tragedy. We are eager to fulfill our mission to these special campers and organizations and appreciate your concern and support from the bottom of our hearts.
With much gratitude,
Camp Aranzazu is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization in Rockport, Texas, that provides therapeutic recreation programs that are designed to enrich the lives of children and adults with chronic illnesses and special needs. Since 2006, we have served more than 20,000 campers from more than 50 counties in Texas.