“Rhys said he was inspired to host the camp after taking a Peer Buddies class at Pine-Richland during his freshman year and volunteering at the Woodlands BLOOM Camp last summer. The camp partners volunteers with children with disabilities for a week-long camp experience.”
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The Woodlands in Bradford Woods is playing host to a pair of free concerts performed by participants in this year’s Notes from the Heart music camp.
Bringing Out the Stars, which features campers age 13 to 21, will be held on July 8. Starlight Serenade will be performed by adults attending the camp on July 15.
Both shows begin at 7 p.m.
The Woodlands Foundation, located at 134 Shenot Road, provides educational and recreational programming for children and adults with special needs.
Wexford, PA – The Woodlands Foundation, in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, will be hosting Camp Inspire, a camp specifically for ventilator-dependent children. One of the only camps like its kind nation-wide, the six day, five night camp is designed for children and teens with complex medical conditions. Many have tracheostomies, ventilators, and BiPAP machines to assist them.
This year, Camp Inspire participants will get a bird’s-eye view of the Woodlands’ 52-acre campus with hot air balloon rides. The basket of the hot air balloon will be adapted to accommodate the children’s medical supports, such as oxygen tanks and braces, to enable each participant to soar 30 feet in the air.
Camp Inspire participant, Joey Mollica takes a ride on The Woodlands’ zipline.
Wexford, PA – The community is invited to come and see some of The Woodlands’ brightest shining stars during the annual “Bringing Out the Stars” and “Starlight Serenade” concerts, featuring the participants of Notes from the Heart music camps. On Friday, July 8 “Bringing Out the Stars” presents the musical stylings of the Youth & Teen campers, ages 13 to 21. “Starlight Serenade” highlights the talents of the adult campers the following week on Friday, July 15. Both performances begin at 7:00 pm on The Woodlands’ campus and are free and open to the public.
Notes from the Heart faculty member Lilly Abreu (right) sings with camper Molly Giering (left) along with camp counselor Katie Patterson and campers Kali Alter and Madison Merscher (center).
The Woodlands Foundation received $7,585 in proceeds from the Jersey Mike’s Restaurants Month of Giving fundraising campaign.
The 16-year-old’s favorite hobby, bike riding, is taking him on a five-day, 333-mile bike trek across the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Trail and the Great Allegheny Passage. The trek began Sunday at Point State Park, the the cheers of Joe’s family and friends.
Cranberry Twp., PA – The Woodlands Foundation was pleased to receive a charitable donation presented Tuesday, June 14 by Eaton Corporation. Eaton Charitable Fund’s contribution in the amount of $8,000 will support an ongoing campus-wide upgrade and improvement to the quality of lighting and energy consumption. This effort was initiated in 2015 with the help of a grant from Eaton Charitable Fund and the assistance of several Eaton employees, who performed an audit of The Woodlands’ campus, developed a plan for the upgrade, and provided the expertise to implement the upgrade. Representatives of Eaton visited The Woodlands’ campus to install new energy efficient lighting fixtures in the dining hall and Reinert Lodge. The facilities are utilized by participants year-round for Woodlands’ weekend retreats during the fall and winter months, in addition to nine weeks of summer camp that take place on the 52-acre campus, June – August.
IN Pine-Richland, June 2016
Photos and text by Kathy Rudolph
A fun Open House celebration with outdoor games, music and activities for people of all ages and abilities took place at The Woodlands Foundation, located in Wexford, on Saturday, April 30.
“I love sharing what we have here with the community,” says Jesse Solomon, Director of Programs at The Woodlands.
Executive Director at The Woodlands Foundation
EDUCATION: Purdue University
Milharcic has been named executive director of the Woodlands Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with disability and chronic illness.