“Donations are so important because it allows us to have more campers come and not have to turn so many away,” Camp Capella board secretary Mikele Reynolds said.
“But it's just been a tremendous turnout and when it's all said and done this will be a record year for us,” Camp Capella facility and development director Harvey Chesley said.
Camp Capella’s goal is to provide a special camp experience for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge.
Event organizers, some who have children that go the camp, have been working tirelessly for seven months to put it all together.
“I know my daughter personally looks forward to going to Camp Capella more than she looks forward to breathing. So it's my way of paying back her camp experience it's to organize this activity,” Camp Capella parent Michelle Harmon said.
While the event is geared towards helping to give kids the opportunity to go to camp, it also acts as an escape for some, including Harmon.
“To know that I have that week where I literally drop her off and she doesn’t want anything to do with me for that week I can leave her at camp I know the people she’s with because I’ve worked with them all year. She’s in wonderful hands and she doesn’t need me there so it’s as good for the parents as it is for the kids,” Harmon said.
One of the most popular attractions at the event was the Kool Bus and its owner, Agnes Shorette, is one of the more special people involved in the event.
“We brought the bus anytime they’ve had something going on,” Shorette said.
Shorette and her son have been staples at the event every year, with the Kool Bus and their newest attraction the Zombie truck, Shorette is one of the most familiar faces to children who line up to see her attractions.
"It’s the kids they’re so special so it's really great," Shorette said.
"It feels really good because I love seeing them all smile and it makes me feel all cozy inside," Camp Capella volunteer Lidia Matarazzo said.