Old Mill Marina Raises Funds for Kids' Camp

Old Mill Marina, in Dorset, Ontario, generated support for the Moorelands Wilderness Camp this past summer.

Organizers say more than 100 people attended the 1st annual Starry Summer Night Bash in support of the Moorelands Community Services (MCS) and its Moorelands Wilderness Camp.

"We are overwhelmed by the community spirit found here on Lake Kawagama,' said Lynda Tilley, Camp Director/Acting Executive Director of Moorelands.

The camp provides a sleep-away wilderness opportunity for kids from low-income neighbourhoods in the GTA, who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford the trip. The gala and auction, which was held on Kawagama Lake in the Governor General's Moorelands Camp Dining Hall, grossed just under $40,000 through ticket sales, auction item sales, and generous donations from the lake community.

The event's live auction was made possible by the contributions of sponsors in the area and included private plane rides from Kawagama Lake cottagers, a deluxe canoe trip package from Algonquin Outfitters, generators from Mountain Trout House Marina, and a wake surf package donated by a Kawagama cottager.

Brenda Norfolk, a cottager on Kawagama Lake, ended up with the winning bid on a hot ticket item – a 16-foot Princecraft aluminum boat donated by Old Mill Marina. For the grand finale, many cottagers came together to bid on ‘Sending a Kid to Camp', resulting in funding for four complete camp packages. All together, the live and silent auctions raised just under $20,000.

Rob Walisser, Owner of Old Mill Marina and event organizer says based on its success, the charity evening will become an annual event.