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.
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Woodlands Day, an annual open house and celebration of family fun, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at The Woodlands.
This is a free, public event at the Bradford Woods campus that features games, an adaptive zip-line, archery, golf on the Woodlands golf course, swimming in the indoor pool, food, refreshments and prizes. (more…)
Mar 31, 2016 10:26AM, Published by Hilary Daninhirsch, North Hills Monthly
The Woodlands in Wexford sits on 52 acres and is a resort-style camp that caters to people of all ages who are living with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
“The number one reason people come to the Woodlands is for socialization and recreation, and to improve and increase their independence in doing these things,” said Director of Programs Jesse Solomon. “That’s what sets us apart—we focus all of our activity goals on complete independence