March 22, 2019
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Camp for children and adults with disabilities breaks ground to expand camper space

Community Author: Heather Van Dyne
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LUCERNE — A local camp for children and adults with disabilities formally kicked off its new construction project today, as well as sharing news about an exciting gift to camp.

Camp Capella, located on the shores of Phillips Lake in Lucerne, hosted a press conference and official ground-breaking for a significant facilities upgrade project, which includes the construction of two new camper cabins, on Wednesday, July 25, as well as announcing a grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation.

The grant, awarded this month from the Sunshine Lady Foundation, led by Doris Buffett, provides $200,000 for Camp Capella to put toward the cost of the facilities upgrades, which includes the two new camper cabins.

“This project has been a dream for a long time,” stated Heidi Riggs, director at Camp Capella. “Each year, we turn overnight campers away because we don’t have the space. This donation allows us to start working toward opening two additional cabins to house more campers in future years.”

The estimated cost of the project, which includes all necessary site work, utilities, long run power to the site, sewer, water, wheelchair accessible trails, a program pavilion, and accessible outhouse, as well as the two additional camper cabins, is estimated to cost $600,000.

This gift also provides the opportunity to earn an additional $100,000 matching grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation. Any donations and in-kind professional services contributed toward the cabin construction project before the end of January 2019 will be matched by the Sunshine Lady Foundation.

“This is an exciting opportunity, and a great way for people to help get involved with an important organization in their community,” said Harvey Chesley, facilities and development manager for Camp Capella. “We have an opportunity to fund a majority of this project through this grant and the matching grant program, which will accelerate the opening of these cabins to house future overnight campers.”

In addition to financial contributions made directly to the project, the matching grant stipulates that donations of materials and supplies, as well as in-kind professional services, provided by the end of January 2019, also will be matched. Professionals, including HVAC technicians, electricians, plumbers, sitework contractors, carpenters, and others, may donate supplies or their services in-kind to help construct these cabins, and the Sunshine Lady Foundation will match funds in the value of their donation.

To make a contribution, or to inquire about donating materials or professional services,  contact Heidi or Harvey at Camp Capella at (207) 843-5104, or visit