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Summer Fun for Everyone at Camp Ockanickon, Thanks to Grants

Investors Bank representatives Carol-Anne Peacock, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager — Maple Shade, bottom left, and Carol Eckert, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager — Medford, bottom center, present two checks totaling $5,000 to YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. Accepting the checks are YMCA Camp Ockanickon representatives Mark Dibble, CEO, top left, and Suzette Belz, Vice President of Development, far right.

Everyone belongs at YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc., and that has never been truer now that two grants totaling $5,000 have been presented to the camp from the Investors Bank Foundation and the Roma Bank Community Foundation. The funds will be used to send children and teens to the camp, who would not otherwise be able to afford the experience.

“We are so appreciative of the support that we get from the community and from organizations like Investors Bank,” said Mark Dibble, CEO of YMCA Camp Ockanickon, Inc. “Through such generosity, we’re able to serve young people from all over, including many of the poorest areas in Camden and Philadelphia. And for every child who attends one of our camp programs — including our specialty camps for blind children or those affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer — we provide a safe, nurturing, fun-filled place for them to belong.”

According to Dibble, Camp Ockanickon’s outdoor experiences build an appreciation for the natural world and provide the settings for children and youth to develop lifelong values. Healthy living is fostered through camp, creating social responsibility.

At Camp Ockanickon, located in Medford, campers can enjoy water inflatables on several lakes, an air-conditioned gym, boating, archery, a craft center, trails, a nature center, challenge courses, zip lines, horseback riding, and creative expression classes featuring drama, photography, and more.

“Camp Ockanickon is an organization that helps young people realize their potential, a place that encourages their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development,” Dibble added. “We’re proud of the impact that a YMCA camp experience can have on a child’s life, and we take that awesome responsibility quite seriously,” said Dibble.

Camp Ockanickon applied for the grants from the Investors Bank and Roma Community Bank Foundations, which support non-profit organizations that enrich the diverse communities served by Investors Bank. Roma Bank became part of Investors Bank in December 2013.

“Investors Bank is proud to be able to send campers to YMCA Camp Ockanickon this summer to enjoy the outdoors and learn important skills,” said Carol-Anne Peacock, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager — Maple Shade.

“Everyone remembers their first camp experience, and we at Investors Bank are hoping to help give kids fantastic memories this summer by sending them to Camp Ockanickon,” said Carol Eckert, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager — Medford. “Camp Ockanickon’s motto is ‘everyone belongs,’ and we strongly support that.”

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