FRESHMEN MEDICAL STUDENTS RAISE FUNDS FOR FREE CAMP FOR SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS
New Orleans, LA – The primary fund-raiser for Camp Tiger, a free summer day camp for special needs children run entirely by LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans medical students, will be held on Friday, March 20, 2009 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the New Orleans Museum of Art at 1 Collins Diboll Circle (City Park and Esplanade Avenue). This theme of this year’s annual Camp Tiger Benefit Auction is "A Streetcar Named Camp Tiger." A number of area restaurants have donated delicious food and drink–everything from appetizers to desserts. Auction items range from fabulous vacations and artwork to jewelry and sports memorabilia. The donation is $25.
LSUHSC’s Camp Tiger is a free week-long summer day camp for mentally and physically challenged children organized and staffed by first-year students at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans’ School of Medicine. For the campers, Camp Tiger may be their only chance during the summer to socialize with other children without being singled out for their disabilities. This week allows each camper to be "just one of the kids" and provides them with the freedom to play, socialize, and express themselves as healthy, vibrant children. The first year medical students look forward to the opportunity to work with these exceptional children and give back to the community.
Camp Tiger 2009 will be held from May 18-22, 2009. The campers typically visit such places as the Audubon Aquarium and Zoo, the IMAX Theater, City Park’s Storyland, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, the Abita Springs Quail Farm, the Global Wildlife Center, and more.
Among the many items up for bid at this year’s auction will be a week stay in Gulf Shores, Philharmonic Opera House Season tickets and Various Other shows packages, a football autographed by New Orleans Saints players, a diamond and white gold necklace, microdermabrasion, cooking classes, art from local artists, one-night stays at some of the city’s ritziest hotels, and many other unique and perfect gift solutions. The medical students put together the entire fund-raiser, including obtaining all of the donated items.
Last year, 102 kids enjoyed the 23rd annual Camp Tiger and the largest Camp Tiger ever. The LSUHSC medical students raised $100,000 through the Camp Tiger Benefit Auction and donations from LSU Medical School alumni, family, friends, and other outside contributors.
Carrying on the tradition begun by the freshman class of 1985, LSUHSC first-year medical students, on their own and while adjusting to the rigors of medical school, plan camp activities, raise necessary funds, solicit donations for activities and supplies, and then volunteer their time and energy to serve as camp counselors. Camp Tiger, which is free for campers, has served about 1,800 kids to date.
Besides beginning the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans tradition of community outreach, Camp Tiger gives the medical students an opportunity to begin dealing with some of the special medical conditions they may encounter during their professional careers, and it gives the campers the chance to experience the same summertime as other kids, many for the first time in their lives.
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