First Alumni Week for Campers

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—July 1, 2011

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THE HELEN L. DILLER VACATION HOME FOR BLIND CHILDREN HOSTS FIRST ALUMNI WEEK FOR CAMPERS

AVALON, NJ—This weekend, alumni of The Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children (The Home) will return to Avalon, NJ, for a special week of programming geared toward returning campers. Nineteen visually-impaired boys and girls (ages 16 to 20) will enjoy an all-expense-paid, one-week summer vacation at the beach.

Alumni week takes place during Independence Day, therefore special programming will focus on increasing the campers’ independence as young adults. Guest speakers will include:

  • Michael Adler, a blind massage therapist from Philadelphia’s Adolph Biecker Spa and Salon, who will speak to the young adults about his professional experience.
  • Mark Cheramie Walz, an attorney at Sweet, Stevens, Katz & Williams LLP, who will teach the alumni how to safely keep in touch with each other and protect themselves using social media.
  • Joey Ochert, a former camper who chose The Home as the subject of his senior graduation project. Joey’s conversation with campers will focus on blind sports and how they relate to building the self-esteem of young people with visual impairments.

Since 1972, The Helen L. Diller Vacation Home for Blind Children in Avalon, NJ has been providing a seashore vacation for visually impaired children, ages 7 to 15, free of charge. The Home operates for eight weeks, from mid-June to mid-August, and is staffed by certified staff and administrators. Support of The Home is provided by volunteerism, foundation grants, general donations, and community organizations. The Home is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization under the name “Challenged Children’s Charities Corporation.”

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