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Camp scholarship fund created at NNY Community Foundation

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WATERTOWN — The Northern New York Community Foundation recently announced the creation of a new recreation scholarship for children ages 12 to 18 who are parishioners of St. Patrick’s or St. Anthony’s Catholic churches.

According to an agency news release, the Rev. Peter N. Butler Guggenheim Summer Camp Scholarship Fund will help sponsor a child who would like to attend a one-week stay at Camp Guggenheim, Forest Home Road, Saranac Lake. The camp opens for six weeks beginning June 29.

The scholarship was established by Joseph M. Butler Sr., Watertown, in memory of both his brother, Father Butler, and his late wife, Nancy F.

“Father Peter loved working with young people and especially enjoyed the Guggenheim Summer Camp, which he co-founded with Father LaBaff,” Mr. Butler said in a prepared statement. “Peter had a warm and friendly demeanor and a great sense of humor. He was well respected by everyone, especially young people who recognized his desire to assist those in need.”

April L. Fallon, Community Foundation coordinator of partnerships, said this is the first summer recreation scholarship the foundation will administer.

“For Mr. Butler, this was a passion for him,” Mrs. Fallon said. “It’s important for donors to know what their passion is, and they can turn it into something positive. If they’re looking to make a difference, they can turn it into opportunities for (youth). Whatever the donor focus is, they can establish a relationship with us.”

Proceeds from a 6 p.m. May 3 dinner and dance at Savory Downtown, 300 Washington St., will benefit the scholarship fund. Tickets are $25 each, and are available at St. Patrick’s pastoral center, 123 S. Massey St.

The Community Foundation also will accept tax-deductible donations for the scholarship fund. Checks can be made payable to “Northern New York Community Foundation” with “Guggenheim Summer Camp” in the memo line, and sent to NNYCF, 120 Washington St., Suite 400, Watertown, N.Y. 13601.

Edmund A. Guggenheim, a longtime summer resident of Saranac Lake, donated the 150-acre camp property, with 1,500 feet of lake frontage, and Camp Rockledge to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg in 1963. The camp was named in his honor after his death in 1972. That summer, Father Butler launched the summer recreation program.

According to the diocese website, each camp week is limited to 70 participants, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The standard camp fee is $280 for one week.

Applications must be returned to St. Patrick’s pastoral center by May 11. Recipients will be announced in early June. Anyone interested in applying for the scholarship can pick up an application at St. Patrick’s church or download one on the camp’s website, http://wdt.me/guggy.

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