CYO Summer Camp Alumni
The CYO Camp Alumni Group was formed in 2011 to reconnect Camp and Alumni. The group is about sharing Camp experiences, connecting all generations, and giving back to a place that has given so much. Our mission is also to ensure the viability and sustainability of Camp for generations to come.
Since it’s inception, the Alumni Group has taken on projects such as rebuilding the outdoor chapel/amphitheater, celebrating CYO Camp’s 70th anniversary (in 2016), hosted Annual Alumni Days each summer, supported work weekends for on-site capital improvement projects, written the CYO Camp history, support staff training and camper activities and raised funds to send kids to camp. Since 2011 the Alumni Group has raised over $250,000 in camperships/scholarships for kids to attend Camp!
CYO Camp, nestled within over 200 acres of jaw-dropping redwoods, has been serving tens of thousands of youth since 1946. Rich in history, tradition, and values, CYO camp offers a large variety of outdoor activities including swimming, canoeing, archery, hiking, campfires, nature hikes, tie-dye, gaga ball, arts and crafts, capture the flag, celebration and sports. To find out more about CYO Camp visit https://catholiccharitiessf.org/cyocamp/
Upcoming Alumni Events!
April 7 - Quinn’s Kids Fundraiser
May 18 - Alumni Golf Day (see below for last year's pics and summary)
July 27 - Alumni Day at CYO Camp, Occidental
November 9 - Caritas Creek Dinner and Auction
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1ST Annual CYO Camp Alumni Golf Day a Huge Success!
The first annual CYO Camp Alumni Golf Day held on Saturday, May 20th at Northwood Golf Course in Monte Rio was a huge success. Over 50 golfers participated at the famed Alister McKenzie layout on a picturesque, perfect day to be in “God’s Country”. The backdrop of the towering redwood trees, green grass and blue skies made for a perfect day on the links.
Each golfer received at check-in a tournament t-shirt designed by Gwenn Connolly, a redwood necklace made by our camp staff, a Calloway golf ball provided by Marty Rea, and some other small assorted goodies.
Then, before the shotgun start to the four-person scramble the rules were gone over and Paul Raia led the group in a prayer. Thanks to Mary-Rita Williamson (aka ‘Mary Mac’) for helping set up the golf cards with rules and scorecards and for helping during the tournament.
After golf, everyone traveled to nearby Union Hotel, the site of many special CYO gatherings that have taken place over the past decades. Barbara and Frank Gonnella hosted golfers, their families and friends, and more fellow camp alumni to the famous Union Hotel hospitality! We ate, drank, laughed, told stories, socialized and enjoyed one another.
After the food, there were golfer awards as well as some special awards and people honored. Congrats to all the golfers who participated and the groups that won as well as the contest winners.
Caren Normandin and Gwenn Connolly received the Distinguished Alumnus Award for their continued leadership and service to the CYO Camp Alumni Association. Marty Rea received The Lifetime Achievement Award for his 39 years of commitment and service to CYO. Our heartfelt appreciation to these three individuals for their continued devotion.
The last award given was to honor the memory of alum and former Camp Director, Jon Zink, who passed away this past December on Christmas Day.
Maureen (‘Moe’) Zink and their two son’s Benjamin and Joshua, along with their families accepted an annual $1,000 scholarship in Jon’s name to be given out each summer for camperships. The poster size check was presented to Moe and family. Moe expressed her gratitude to the group in a very emotional acceptance speech on behalf of her family.
The silent auction was a huge success. Special thanks to Caren Normandin and Jamie Sue Leanues-McClone. The auction netted over $4,000!!!!! Thanks to all those who purchased items. God bless you all.
Lastly, through the efforts of all the golfers and our sponsors, we were able to raise a total gross proceeds of $30,000!!!! This is an amazing first go-round at this event. Our efforts will help send kids to summer camp. A place near and dear to our hearts that we all know and love.
One of the main purposes of our Alumni Association is the ongoing “Campership Campaign”. We will continue this tournament every spring in efforts to raise money, get together, and honor our special alumni. Please come back next year, spread the word, and let’s see if we can raise more money, and have more fun with this new tradition.
Quotes from participants:
“What can we say other than, it was the perfect venue for a perfect day! Nine holes of best-ball team golf on a great course in beautiful weather capped off by an excellent luncheon at the Union, all to help raise money to send kids to Camp, the place where we spent some of the best and most memorable summers of our lives. And to top it off, close to $30K was raised for this cause…incredible! Many thanks to Lou for all his efforts in putting it together and to everyone else who contributed…very cool and well done! All the best and looking forward to the 2nd annual.”
- Charlie & Kathi Buada
“I’ve volunteered at many fundraisers, including golf tourneys. I’ve never experienced such an enthusiastic group of individuals, willing to give so graciously and generously as they did at the first annual CYO Alumni Golf Day. We are blessed to have had this dynamic group making positive impacts on the lives of kids. Thanks to Lou MacAdoo and all who attended. This is why those campers always sang, “Give us Lou on our bus, give us Lou Lou Lou…”.
- Jamie Sue Leanues-McClone
“The alumni golf tournament was a blast My wife and I made a long weekend out of it on the Sonoma coast. The golf itself was so fun for both seasoned and new golfers. What a treat to play on that beautiful 9-hole course in the Redwoods in Monte Rio. Great to spend time with so many old friends. Lunch and socializing at the Union Hotel afterward were like attending a camp reunion! Best of all, we raised over $30,000 to send kids to the camp we love ”
- Tim Rea
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