What a night!
To the nearly 300 Dudley and Kiniya alumni, family and friends who made the effort to join us in Brooklyn this past Friday evening and to those who contributed to the cause from afar, you will be proud to know that the fundraising effort for the Willie J. Schmidt Scholarship Fund was a wonderful success! Thanks to your great efforts, The Willie Fest Benefit Concert raised $47,428.31!!! This represents an entire cabin full of campers! What a wonderful way to go into the summer at Dudley and Kiniya and there simply is not better way to honor our former director, Willie Schmidt. Willie worked tirelessly to ‘find bunks’ for young kids for over 40 years and, before he left us, he said, “Nothing at Dudley, and now Kiniya, has meant more to me than to see this scholarship fund grow.”
Thank you, Mary Beth Kilkelly and Ed Schmidt for their outstanding leadership and the Powerhouse Arena for helping us create “Camp” in Brooklyn!
I look forward to seeing many of you over the summer on opening day and CDA Reunion. If you are in the DC area, we will be having an alumni gathering at PJ Clarke’s on Thursday, May 17th from 6:30-9:00 PM (details to follow). Stay tuned for more Dudley events and please feel free to call or email me at any time with your suggestions and ideas…we’d love to do more of these gatherings and I welcome your thoughts!
Enjoy the photos below.
Yoha to Camp!