Kids’ camp drive grows

By Todd Cohen

RANDLEMAN, N.C. — With a handful of grants and pledges, the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman has passed the halfway mark in its effort to raise $24 million by December 2004.

The camp, which will serve seriously ill children and their families, has raised $12.1 million since launching its fundraising campaign in October 2000.

New grants include $250,000 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, $100,000 from the High Point office of CPA firm Dixom Odom and $75,000 from the Jeff Gordon Foundation in Charlotte.

The camp, inspired by actor Paul Newman and founded by the Petty NASCAR family, also received a pledge of $500,000 from the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation in Greensboro.

Local credit unions in Carolinas have agreed to raise money through golf tournaments and other events over three years to honor the pledge.

The camp also has named Moses Cone Health System as a founding hospital. The hospital system’s staff will serve as members of the camp’s medical planning committee and help equip its medical center.

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