Norman-area businesses support camp fundraiser

More than 140 Norman-area businesses will participate in Send a Kid to Camp Day to raise money for summer camps for Cleveland County children under the care of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 14, 2012
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— More than 140 Norman-area businesses will participate in Send a Kid to Camp Day on Wednesday to raise money for summer camps for Cleveland County children under the care of the state Department of Human Services.

This is the sixth year for the fundraiser, with record participation expected this year, said Sabrina Yaw, Royal Family KIDS co-director. She said participating businesses can choose to donate a portion of the day's sales or a lump sum.

Through the support of Norman-area business owners, the event has grown exponentially in its five years, Yaw said. “We will be able to take more kids than ever before to this special summer camp, which enables them to escape life's challenges and simply be kids for a few days,” she said.

Newt Mitchell, Mitchell's Jewelry owner and fundraising director, said community support for the children runs deep. He said last year's event had nearly 100 businesses participating, and it sponsored 30 children.

Participating businesses will display various signs, posters, banners and other items in their storefronts noting they are an official Send a Kid to Camp Day supporter, Yaw said.

A list of participating businesses or organizations can be found at www.rfknorman.org. For more information, call 329-0823.