Camp Good Days and Special Times recently announced this year's recipients of their Teddi Award, named after Teddi Mervis, who died at the age of 12 after battling a brain tumor.
Julie Schmit of the camp said, "The Teddi Award is our highest award, given to volunteers who help us make the world a better, happier place for children in our community facing cancer and other life-altering challenges."
Recipients for 1997 are:
Roger and Betty Hoeft of Lancaster, who have held fund-raisers in their home for the past 15 years, "devoting countless hours, days and weeks in doing so. This retired couple has quietly donated thousands of dollars to Camp by hand-making and selling hundreds of items at various seasonal events," Ms. Schmit said.
Larry Sicurella of Buffalo, a camp counselor who is "adept at getting the junior Good Day kids, ages 4 through 8, all fired up, and not real interested in calming them down. He also uses a week of his vacation from work to act as a counselor at our camp on Keuka Lake in Branchport during the summer and continually helps out at Camp Good Day's events like the Retro Dance and Kazoofest."
Lou and Barbara Puleri of Amherst are the parents of two young campers. "Lou is Camp's own parcel service, making regular pick ups and deliveries from Camp. Barb has wowed audiences at Cancer in the Classroom, an educational seminar designed to help school personnel deal effectively with children who have cancer."
Jack Tune of West Seneca volunteers at Kazoofest, Tour de Teddi (a bicycle race) and other major fund-raisers. He also speaks on behalf of Camp Good Days at United Way functions. Last year, he collected money from fellow counselors during the International Program so that campers who couldn't otherwise afford it would be able to buy a keepsake at the Galleria Mall."