While at camp, Flip Fest campers are given the opportunity to participate in our tie-dye for charity event. For $15, campers receive a special shirt that they tie-dye themselves. 100% of the proceeds goes towards one of many worthy causes each year. Even if they elect not to tie-dye a t-shirt, campers may donate any amount they wish.
A special thanks to Gravadi Activewear for donating our tie-dye t-shirts every year.
The organizations that Flip Fest donated to in 2011 are listed below. Thank you to all of our campers for your generosity!!
Since it was founded in 1983, Children’s Miracle Network has raised billions of dollars for local hospitals all over North America. Its goal is to help as many children as possible by raising funds for local hospitals. To date, Flip Fest camper donations have helped raise nearly $100,000 for this charity, no doubt helping countless children with a wide variety of illnesses, ranging from asthma or broken bones all the way up to life-threatening diseases. Click this link to meet the Children’s Miracle Network’s “Champions” of 2011 from each state, and see examples of the children that your donations have helped! http://childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/About/Champions
For 50 years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been working hard to “advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.” No child is ever denied treatment at St. Jude due to inability to pay, and families never pay for what insurance does not cover. St. Jude has been a pioneer in genetic research for childhood cancers and other debilitating diseases. Children travel to St. Jude in Memphis, TN, from all 50 states, and over 7,800 active patients visit the hospital each year. Visit this link to learn about St. Jude’s “Patient of the Month,” and find more information about this pioneering children’s hospital. www.stjude.org/kids
The Restoration House of East Tennessee (TRH) is an organization that supports struggling single mothers and their families so they can set and attain goals that will provide them with successful and stable lives. TRH provides transformational housing, team mentoring, and family advocacy to help the families “end cycles of poverty and distress.” The program provides services such as: temporary housing, financial and budgeting instructional courses, help in attaining permanent housing, mentoring, and resources for job training, personal fitness, life skills, etc. The end goal for each family is to become stable and self-sufficient. The TRH program guides these families to build a bright future for themselves and their families.
On January 9th, Daniel and Mandy Watson, founders of the TRH, were surprised by Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at their doorstep in Knoxville, TN. Watch for the EMHE special on this special family and organization on Thanksgiving Day, 2012!
For more information on TRH, visit: http://www.therestorationhouse.net
Flocks 4 Traci
Traci Walters, a gymnastics coach at Roanoke Academy in Roanoke, VA, has been bravely fighting cancer for the past year. In the midst of her battle last summer, she attended Flip Fest for the first time with some of her gymnasts. Traci and her team had a great week at camp, but more than that, Traci left a mark on all of the coaches, staff, and gymnasts that attended that week. We were all blown away by her positive attitude, strength, and spirit. At the end of the week, we were all left with a love for Traci and a renewed attitude. We have now established a scholarship in Traci's name that will allow a gymnast to attend camp every summer for the remainder of Flip Fest's existence in Traci’s honor.
Traci's gymnasts and their parents established a fundraiser for their beloved coach Traci. Donations can be made to help the Walters family, and in return you can receive a pink flamingo to put in your yard or business to show your support for Traci. For more information, visit: http://www.flocks4traci.com
Flip Fest donated two iPads to the special education program at Baldwin Intermediate School, which contains 4th to 6th graders in Quincy, Illinois. The iPads have allowed their teacher, Ellen Gough, to create an entire adaptive P.E. program in the classroom. The iPads are used for all kinds of activities and lessons throughout the day, including drawing pictures, writing stories, and reading. Less verbal students are able to express themselves through interactive writing assignments, and can also target their fine motor skills. Since Flip Fest donated the iPads, other organizations have jumped in to help purchase protective boxes, apps, and headphones for the iPads. This collage was made with one of the iPads and shows the students at an outing to help raise money at a Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll Drive.
Tim Rand, former owner of American Twisters in Coconut Creek, passed away on August 20, 2007. Tim was one of the most respected coaches and clinicians in the country and impacted thousands of children during his life. The goal of the Tim Rand Fund is to educate and support the gymnastics community, while recognizing the contributions that Tim Rand made to the sport of gymnastics. The fund is dedicated to the education and support of Region 8 athletes. The Tim Rand Invitational, originally established by Tim and Toni Rand, donates a portion of participants’ entry fees to the Tim Rand Fund. To date, USA Competitions has given over $13,400 to the fund.