The 44th annual Buffalo News/Rotary Club Crippled Children Camp Fund drive has ended with gifts totaling $103,847.91.
Any additional gifts received will be credited to the 45th drive that will begin on Thanksgiving Day.
They may be mailed throughout the year to the Buffalo News Charity Fund, Box 100, Buffalo, 14240. All gifts will be acknowledged.
The money will be used next July and August to help finance the 40-plus acre camp off Old Lake Shore Road near Angola to which 400 physically handicapped boys and girls and 400 other youngsters will be invited. All will have been recommended by responsible professional persons or agencies.
Among the final gifts was $1,000 raised by seventh- and eighth-graders of East Seneca Junior High School. It was the eighth straight year that students used good spelling as a means of raising the money. The tradition was begun under the guidance of two popular teachers, the late Tom Shiley and the late John Peckham.
During past campaigns, both teachers insisted that their names not be used. "The students do it all," Peckham had said.
Two other teachers who now work with the seventh- and eighth-graders insist on the same anonymity. The money is raised through a spelling bee.
The words are chosen from seventh- and eighth-grade studies, a different list for each grade.
Students take pledges from family and friends with specified amounts paid for each properly spelled word.
Representing their classmates this year were Brian D. Devine, 12, a seventh-grader, and Brian J. Leahy, 13, and Toni Marie Milazzo, 13, both eighth-graders.
Members of the Empire State Ballet also gave to help youngsters unable to walk, let alone dance.
Shaina and Micah, with their classmates of East Aurora's Wee Care Day Care Center, baked and sold cookies to raise money.
Several church, veterans, civic and business groups are among the contributors recognized on Page B6 today in this drive's final report.
They include the Auxiliary of Lackawanna's Matthew Glab American Legion Post Bowling League, the Auxiliary of Williamsville's George F. Lamm American Legion Post, the Women's Guild of the Church of the Nativity in Buffalo, the employees of Better Wire Products, the Fellows of Riverside, the management and employees of Mid-Continent Agencies, the Purchasing Management Association of Buffalo, the employees of Try-It Distributors and Sylvania Distribution Service, and the employees of Moog Inc. of East Aurora.
And there was a gift from a Tonawanda family whose members have decided to initiate a new family tradition of annual donations to support Cradle Beach Camp.