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The Moyer Foundation and Penn Foundation Launch Camp Mariposa

The Moyer Foundation has partnered with Penn Foundation to launch Camp Mariposa™ in Quakertown, Pa. Camp Mariposa is a free overnight weekend camp for youth ages 9 through 12 who are living with addiction in their families. This safe and caring environment gives campers the freedom to talk about substance abuse in their family without the fear of being judged and most importantly, assures them that they are not alone.

The first session of Camp Mariposa Pennsylvania will be held June 22-24, 2012, with camps held every other month to help provide ongoing and consistent education and support. Camp will be staffed by Penn Foundation mental health and substance abuse professionals, and trained volunteers, who will provide education, counseling, and support in a fun, traditional camp setting.

Campers will have opportunities to learn about the disease of addiction and its impact on the family, techniques for coping with a loved one’s addiction, tips for prevention, and available resources that they can turn to for help. Campers will also be able to participate in selected organized activities such as volleyball, basketball, swimming, canoeing, paddle boating, and an obstacle course that includes high and low ropes, zip line, climbing tower, and giant swing.

“As a Souderton native, it means a lot to my wife Karen and I to bring Camp Mariposa to this community,” said Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer, co-founder and vice president of The Moyer Foundation (moyerfoundation.org). “We understand the great need for Camp Mariposa in the lives of children living with addiction in their families. Because of this, we are excited to see this program grow nationally – helping to break the cycle of addiction in the next generation and further our Foundation’s mission to help children in distress.”

The Moyer Foundation is a non-profit organization established by World Series champion and Colorado Rockies’ pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen. Moyer, who earned his spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation this spring, entered the record books on April 17th at the age of 49 as the oldest pitcher to ever win a Major League Baseball game. The historic win goes along with another one of the goals Moyer achieved this year— establishing its Camp Erin bereavement camps in every Major League Baseball city.

With approximately 8.3 million children in the United States living in a home with at least one parent in need of treatment for alcohol and/or drug dependency, Camp Mariposa is designed to reduce feelings of isolation, fear, guilt, and loneliness; provide a safe place for kids to get away from difficult circumstances at home and bond with their peers; educate campers about the disease of addiction and its impact on the family; teach positive life skills to help manage feelings and practice self-care; and provide information about resources kids can turn to for help.

“All of us at Penn Foundation are looking forward to our first camp this June and the future partnership with The Moyer Foundation,” says Michele Barnes, MSW, LSW, Camp Mariposa Project Coordinator. “Camp Mariposa offers this special group of children a safe place where they can have fun and connect with other children their age. It also provides these children with valuable skills and tools so that they can live free of substance abuse.”

For more information about Camp Mariposa Pennsylvania, contact Michele Barnes, Project Coordinator, at 215.257.9999 x 100 or mbarnes@pennfoundation.org or visit www.PennFoundation.org.

For more information about The Moyer Foundation, visit www.moyerfoundation.org or call the Philadelphia office at 267.687.7724.

Editor’s note: Photos and B-Roll footage available upon request from Rachel Chiechi, The Moyer Foundation, 206.298.1217, rachel@moyerfoundation.org

About The Moyer Foundation
The Moyer Foundation is a public 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2000 by World Series Champion Pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. With offices in Seattle and Philadelphia, The Moyer Foundation supports programs that directly meet the needs of children in distress. In addition to community-funded grants, the Foundation created and funds Camp Erin™, the largest network of bereavement camps in the country for grieving children and teens; and Camp Mariposa™, serving children ages 9-12 who are impacted by addiction in their family. To learn more visit www.moyerfoundation.org

About the Penn Foundation
Founded in 1955 and located on a 30-acre campus in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, Penn Foundation is a not-for-profit organization providing innovative services to address the mental health, substance use, and intellectual disability needs of individuals in our community. The agency serves over 10,000 children, adolescents, and adults each year, offering a wide-range of distinct programs designed to meet various types and levels of mental, emotional, behavioral, and spiritual healthcare needs. Penn Foundation’s tradition of compassionate care combined with a strong belief in the healing power of hope and the possibility of recovery enables it to help individuals navigate their lives with confidence, conviction, and courage.

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