Sunday, April 17, 2011

Mom's Getaway 2011

Mardi Gras Madness!

This weekend the camp was transformed from a summer camp for children and adults with special needs into an oasis for mom's of children and adults with special needs.

Every year Camp Paivika has a Mom's Getaway for the mothers of not only our campers, but any mom with a child with special needs. This year the mom's had the opportunity to go on guided nature walks, learn about how to plan for their childs future, do yoga and thai'chi, make vision boards, participate in quilt projects, enjoy massages, attend casino night, and much more.

During the weekend we also have a silent auction, and this year we raised over $800, which will go towards sponsoring mom's for next years Mom's Getaway. We had a great weekend and sent the mom's home on Sunday feeling happy and refreshed.
Thank you so much to all the mom's who came and shared their weekend with us!

Be sure to look in the photo section to see all the pictures from this weekend!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Marathon 2011

This last weekend Paivika participated in the annual AbilityFirst Marathon Campaign to raise money for our programs. AbilityFirst had roughly 1,000 participants and staff participate in the 5k at the Santa Anita Derby Day race at the Santa Anita Racetrack. It was a beautiful day and a wonderful event. The walk takes place through the arborietum and finished inside the racetrack where booths containing information, games, and food were set up. Afterwards, everyone was invited to stay and watch the races if they desired. Camp Paivika was joined by two of our campers, Reo and Laura, and many of our current, and even some former, staffers.

This year, Kelly and Laura participated in the 5k race with Laura coming in arounf 28 minutes, and Kelly finishing in about 35. Great job Kelly and Laura!