UPDATE: You can now contribute to the effort online here: http://www.timberlakecamp.com/phoeniciarelief
As I am sure you have seen, Hurricane Irene inflicted significant damage to Phoenicia, New York and the area surrounding camp (see photos and video below). Phoenicia, home to camp favorites such as Sweet Sues, the Sportsman’s, Brio’s, Ricciardella’s, Al’s Restaurant and the like, has been a part of the fabric of Timber Lake since before I started attending back in 1967. The people of Phoenicia make up our employees, our contractors, repairmen and friends. They are hard working people who love the camp and have grown with us over the years.
Fortunately, Timber Lake suffered no significant damage. On top of a mountain, surrounded by mountains, we have weathered storms like Irene relatively well over the years. Our losses are in the hundreds of dollars. Phoenicia’s are in the hundreds of thousands if not millions.
As good neighbors should, in times of unique hardship, Timber Lake Camp, through the Timber Lake Foundation, is establishing the PHOENICIA RELIEF FUND to help our local community rebuild. The Fund will open with a $100,000 donation from Mindy, myself and Timber Lake Camp. Anyone interested in helping is invited to make a tax deductible donation to the Timber Lake Foundation, a 501(C)(3) Corporation. ALL DONATIONS WILL BE ADDITIONAL to the $100,000 already committed by the Camp.
You can send donations made payable to: THE TIMBER LAKE FOUNDATION. In the memo line, please note: PHOENICIA RELIEF FUND. Checks may be sent to our Glen Cove Office: 85 Crescent Beach Road, Glen Cove, NY 11542.
There are numbers of other organizations ready to assist our neighbors in other effected areas of the region. I am sure that everyone will do whatever they can in these difficult times for our larger summer community.