9/17/2013 2:47:00 PM Putting a smile on the face of a child through scholarships
CYO/Camp Howard photo
A boy slides down the water slide at Camp Howard. Scholarships are available for camp and CYO sports because of benefactors.
The Christ Child Society and Jack Lynch were historically the two greatest advocates for Camp Howard in regard to scholarship support over the years.
The Christ Child Society had a Portland Chapter until 2009 when the elderly ladies had to close their chapter because too few younger women were following in their footsteps; they had a ministry of caring for youngsters who would not go to summer camp because of financial straits. The women were offering $6,000 per year in scholarship money for camp. The closing of their chapter left a huge hole.
Jack Lynch, an Oregon state senator who served 1943-’52, put aside money for five area youth camp scholarships. The fund generates $10,000 annually to be used in Multnomah County only and may be used for up to 80 percent of the youth’s fee.
The Champions of Faith Benefit Dinner transformed the CYO/Camp Howard organization. The past two dinners contributed $50,000 per year and made it possible to defray the expense or fully fund scholarships for both camp and sports so that no child is turned away from participation.
Marguex Hunter, a recent graduate of Willamette University and a product of St. Joseph School in Vancouver and Jesuit High School, joined the CYO/Camp Howard staff in 2013. One of her primary assignments was to facilitate administration of the scholarship funds and follow carefully the mission of each fund.
Hunter has put together work parties for the kids to ensure that they pitch in for the funds donated by Jack Lynch and has seen to it that those who need the Champions of Faith scholarships get them promptly.
Scholarships make a difference to children who come from touch-and-go circumstances.
“The smile that a week at camp can put on the face of a child bearing the burdens told in the scholarship stories is worth every penny,” staff explain.