Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles’ Mardi Gras in May 2017 Benefit Dinner
& Awards Ceremony May 24, 2017 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles
honored Maria Contreras-Sweet & Ray Sweet, Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation; the
Old Mission Santa Ines Parish Community; Reverend Matthew G. Elshoff, OFM
Cap.; and Linda Swick for their service to the poor and the homeless.Proceeds from the evening benefited our Circle V Ranch Camp which hosts 1,200 disadvantaged children
every summer to week of traditional summer camp.
CAPTION: Left: Circle V (Vee) Ranch Camp alumni and current staff as well as family and friends participated in the inaugural Hike4Kids on Saturday, May 20, 2017 to raise funds to send kids to camp this summer.
Circle V Ranch Camp alumni and current staff members as well as family and friends participated in the inaugural Hike4Kids event at the camp on Saturday, May 20, 2017. This first-ever “friendraiser” raised almost $13,000 to date to help send kids to Circle V Ranch Camp this summer. Over 180 people so far have given funds and donations are still welcome at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/CIRCLEV
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Traditional camp just 20 minutes from Santa Barbara offers 6 days/5 nights of summer fun for $450
Ray Lopez, Director of SVdPLA’s Circle V Ranch Camp, has announced that applications and scholarship requests are now being accepted for 2017 summer season. Each of the eight sessions is six days and five nights of traditional, supervised activities for boys and girls ages 7 to 13; and for ages 14-17, a Camper in Leadership Training (CILT) program is available. The 30-acre Circle V Ranch Camp facility is located across from Cachuma Lake in the Santa Ynez Valley, just 20 minutes north of Santa Barbara at 2550 Highway 154.
Campers enjoy activities including archery, arts & crafts, hiking, swimming in the pool, learning about nature, reading skills, painting, photography, playing baseball, basketball, ping pong, foosball, soccer, miniature golf and of course, campfires, skits and singing. There is no TV, radio or internet access to affect the experience. Campers stay in wooden cabins or traditional canvas tents. Three nutritious daily meals served family-style in the Dining Lodge are not only for food but also for more camaraderie and fellowship.
Lopez remarked, “This year marks 72 years of welcoming campers from throughout Southern California. No child is turned away since we have camperships to help pay the fees due to generous donors. I started as a counselor at Circle V Ranch Camp in1993 and have been Camp Director since 2008. I just know you’ll want to have your kids or grandkids attend Circle V, then I hope they will keep coming back like I did!”
2017 Summer Session Dates and Themes are:
Session One: June 27- July 2 ~Pirate Week
Session Two: July 5-10 ~ Holiday Week
Session Three: July 11-16 ~ Space Week
Session Four: July 19-24 ~ Talent Show Week
Session Five: July 25 -30 ~ Carnival Week
Session Six: August 2 -7 ~ International Week
Session Seven: August 9-14 ~ Medieval Week
Session Eight: August 15 -20 ~ Adventure Week
In summer 2016, the camp hosted more than 1,000 children for this time-honored experience. The Circle V Ranch Camp fee for six days/ five nights including lodging, all meals, activities, recreation and supervised fun is $450 per child; and “camperships” (scholarship funds made by individuals and groups’ donations) are available for qualified campers. For complete information on fees and camperships, visit www.circlevranchcamp.org/datesthemesfees.html
Founded by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles Council in 1945, Circle V Ranch Camp & Retreat Center has been located on 30 acres in the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley near Cachuma Lake since 1990. During autumn, winter and spring, Circle V facilities are available for rental to other non-profit groups and organizations.
Parents/guardians are encouraged to contact the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Circle V Ranch Camp main registration office at 323-224-6213 to receive the Camp application or apply online at www.circlevranchcamp.org
Our first Hike4Kids fundraising event to send disadvantaged kids to camp was last weekend and a big hit. Ray Lopez, camp director said, "We had 55 participants hike 2, 4 or 8 miles totaling over 200 miles as a group. We had over 180 people donate to our Hike4Kids event totaling nearly $13,000 and it does not include a check from Coburn Rentals for $1,000 for a total of nearly $14,000 raised!"
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Maria is 11 years old, one of nine children in an impoverished family from South Los Angeles. Her mother’s constant drinking worsened after her father was sentenced to five years in prison for assault, and it wasn’t long before they lost their tiny apartment.
Maria lived in a car with her mother and eight siblings for a year until her mother finally sent her to stay with her aunt who lived nearby.
“It breaks my heart
to hear they’re going through these horrible things at home.”-Ana, Circle V Camp
Her aunt wanted
to give Maria the childhood she deserved, and with her help, Maria received a
scholarship to spend a week at St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp.
At camp, Maria learned
about life away from the inner city. She played, made friends, and built
powerful bonds with her counselors, who gave her support and encouragement she
had not received from her parents. Maria’s counselor, Ana, remarked, “It breaks
my heart to hear they’re going through these horrible things at home. They open
up to you, and it’s just so powerful for both the counselor and the camper.” To help SVdPLA help others, donate here.