P.O. Box 1251, Melville, NY 11747
Phone: 516-484-4993 Fax: 516-484-4885 COPEline: 516-364-COPE
COPE TO HOLD 8TH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING TO SUPPORT BEREAVEMENT PROGRAMS INCLUDING CHILDREN’S BEREAVEMENT CAMP, COPE-CAMP ERIN® NYC
LONG ISLAND, NY, March 31, 2014 – COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally), a grief support organization for parents and families living with the loss of a child, will hold its eighth annual golf outing on May 19, 2014 at the Muttontown Club in East Norwich, New York. Over 200 golfers and supporters are expected to attend COPE’s biggest event of the year, which raises 75% of the organization’s annual budget. The event brings together individuals, families and organizations to pay tribute to loved ones and honor supporters, and has raised more than $1 million from generous corporate and individual sponsors over the past seven years. For more information about the 2014 COPE Golf Outing, visit www.copefoundation.org.
This year’s COPE event will honor Michael Corpuel and the Corpuel and Brown families from Camp Wayne, the site of COPE-Camp Erin® New York City, a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17. Michael Corpuel is also being honored separately for his unwavering dedication to COPE as a board member and adviser since the non-profit’s inception in 1999.
Funds raised from the event will enable COPE to develop and expand its programming and outreach and fund COPE’s support groups, workshops and events, since the organization does not ask families to pay for most of COPE’s services. Additionally, proceeds from the event will go towards supporting COPE-Camp Erin NYC (August 22-24, 2014).
“I am proud that COPE has grown over the past 15 years from a small group of parents meeting for support in each others’ homes to an organization that helps so many people,” adds Lillian Julien, COPE’s President and Co-founder. “Our recent partnership with the Moyer Foundation to sponsor COPE-Camp Erin NYC has enabled COPE to broaden its mission to help children who have lost a loved one, in addition to helping the hundreds of parents who have lost a child and benefitted from our services. Funds raised through this year’s golf outing will help fund our new COPE House, where parents and siblings can come together in a tranquil setting for support groups and healing workshops.”
Among COPE’s supporters and previous event participants are New York Knicks producer Spencer Julien, whose family started COPE, and many former players and announcers from Madison Square Garden, including former New York Knicks superstar and Hall-of-Famer Walt “Clyde” Frazier; Al Trautwig, host of MSG’s Knicks and Rangers telecasts; Dave Maloney, Former NY Ranger and MSG Analyst; Jill Martin, Today Show correspondent and Knicks reporter; and Butch Goring, four-time Stanley Cup Champion with the NY Islanders and current analyst for MSG Networks.
Sponsors of this year’s golf outing include Michael and Randy Corpuel, BC Enterprises (Bill Cooperman) in memory of David Berg, Lillian Julien in memory of Michelle and Robert Julien, Judy and Richard Berg in memory of David Joshua Berg, Patti & Dave Greenberg in memory of Sharon Gallucci, Knowledgent, Plainview Oral & Maxillofacial Associates, P.C., the Mordfin Group, and Madison Square Garden, among others.
COPE, a not-for-profit foundation, 501(c)(3), is dedicated to helping parents and families living with the loss of a child. Since 1999, COPE has served the needs of approximately 680 families on Long Island by providing emotional, therapeutic, and spiritual programs. These include parent and sibling support groups, individual support, alternative healing workshops, and a variety of special programs for clergy and mental health professionals. In addition to assisting local families, COPE’s grief hotline (COPEline) and website have enabled the non-profit to provide grieving individuals outside of Long Island with immediate support, resources, and referrals.
About COPE-Camp Erin NYC
Offered in more than 40 communities nationwide, Camp Erin® is a free weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6-17 that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. COPE partners with the Moyer Foundation as the New York City affiliate for COPE-Camp Erin, held annually at Camp Wayne in Preston Park, PA, to help children from the tri-state area who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them. COPE Golf Outing honorees, the Corpuel and Brown families, donate the use of their beautiful summer camp to COPE every August for COPE-Camp Erin New York City, and the organization is eternally grateful for their support of this important program.
Executive Director, COPE
Phone: (516) 484-4993
Erica Berg Gavin
COPE Golf Outing Coordinator
Phone: (212) 721-5585
Director, COPE-Camp Erin NYC
Phone: (914) 939-5338
P.O. Box 1251, Melville, NY 11747
Phone: 516-484-4993 fax: 516-484-4885 COPEline: 516-364-COPE
FOR RELEASE: 9/30/13
Contact: Karen E. Flyer
Telephone: (516) 484-4993
Fax: (516) 484-4885
THE MOYER FOUNDATION AND COPE
HOLD FREE CAMP FOR GRIEVING CHILDREN AND TEENS
COPE Camp Erin® New York City Offers Hope and Healing at Camp Wayne
MELVILLE, N.Y. (September 30, 2013) – For a child or teen, the loss of a family member or friend can often lead to feelings of isolation and other risk factors such as depression and substance abuse. Over a weekend this past August 2013, the COPE Foundation (COPE) and The Moyer Foundation took a step forward in changing the fate of a group of bereaved children and teens as they held their second annual COPE Camp Erin New York City at Camp Wayne in the Pocono Mountains.
Offered in more than 40 communities nationwide, Camp Erin is a free weekend experience for children and teens ages 6-17 that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support – facilitated by grief professionals and trained volunteers. Campers are comforted knowing there are other children who have experienced similar situations and understand what they are going through. Camp Erin leaves each child feeling empowered and equipped with the skills and tools to cope with their grief in a healthy way.
COPE Camp Erin NYC’s second year welcomed 41 campers and 57 volunteers. The weekend saw laughter and tears, trepidation and exhilaration. Children were comforted meeting other children like themselves and at the same time, took advantage of all that camp had to offer such as a ropes course, art, sports, waterfront activities, music and more. The children COPE Camp Erin NYC greeted on Friday, were not the same campers who were hugged goodbye on Sunday.
“To be able to offer grieving children an environment that was not only fun and supportive but also provided additional tools for children to navigate their feelings and broadened their network of friends to lean on was priceless. And to be able to offer this experience at such a beautiful facility as Camp Wayne and witness children trying things for the first time such as swimming, ropes, and drumming – was immeasurable,” says Ann Fuchs, Director of COPE Camp Erin New York City.
The impact was visible to all who participated, and has been expressed in numerous letters from parents and in camper evaluations. One parent noted:
“I had to contact you all and let you know that the children had an amazing time. They enjoyed every moment of it, I am ever so grateful and I wanted to express my gratitude. Thank you all sooo much for having such a wonderful program and giving [my children] a chance to embark on such a great opportunity. This was so beneficial for them, so therapeutic, they really felt connected. Most importantly they felt as though they belonged. They were able to share and learn from the sharing of their peers. They each walked away with their own individual “something” yet at the same time, they each have comparable experiences. Camp Erin serves as a great platform for children who have lost a loved one, and again, I just want to say THANK YOU to all of the staff that make this possible year after year, we appreciate you. Again, thank you all so so so much for giving the kids a fun, eventful, compassionate weekend.”
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 1.5 million children nationwide – some 73,000 in New York City alone – are living in a single-family household because of the death of one parent. One out of every 20 children ages 15 and younger will suffer the loss of one or both parents. These statistics don’t account for the number of children who lose a “parental figure,” such as a grandparent or other relative that provides care.
“At Camp Erin, children are in a safe and supportive environment where they can express their feelings and share their stories knowing they will not be judged and are not alone,” explains Dr. Amy Gross, Clinical Director of COPE Camp Erin New York City. “Experienced grief counselors lead activities designed to foster coping skills that children can use throughout their lives, and children share their stories and feelings with peers and realize that what they are feeling is normal. This is a very important step in the grief process.”
Next year, Camp Erin NYC will be held at Camp Wayne on August 22-24, 2014. For more information on how to register a child or to volunteer, call or e-mail Camp Director Ann Fuchs at 914.939.5338 or email@example.com.
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. The Foundation’s mission is to empower children in distress by providing education and support – helping them to live healthy and inspired lives. In addition to community-funded grants, the Foundation created and funds Camp Erin®, the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country for grieving children and teens; and Camp Mariposa®, a free camp serving children ages 9-12 who are impacted by addiction in their family. To learn more visit www.moyerfoundation.org
About the COPE Foundation
COPE (Connecting Our Paths Eternally) is a non-profit grief and healing organization dedicated to helping parents, siblings and families living with the loss of a child. COPE’s programs have expanded to include art, movement and music therapy, special events and workshops, professional forums, a grief hotline and an extensive website, in addition to weekly support group meetings and individual one-on-one support. COPE hopes that through its programs and through the support of its members, bereaved families can learn to lean on each other and take some comfort in the fact that they are not alone. To learn more visit www.copefoundation.org