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Baskin Robbins to donate 31 percent to Empower Me Day Camp

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BY CHELSEA BURNETTThe Wilson PostEmpower Me Day Camp’s “FUN Raiser,” an ice cream social to help raise money for campers and staff, will from 5 until 10 p.m., Friday, June 18 at Baskin Robbins, 1023 West Main Street, Lebanon. Baskin Robbins, of 31 Flavors fame, is donating 31 percent of all sales to EMDC. The organization specializes in serving children and young adults with any degree of special needs. The camp is a six-week long program, beginning in June. Camp is held every day at the James E. Ward Agricultural Center/Wilson County Fairgrounds and is in its 12th running year. While this year’s camp is already full, Executive Director Michelle Hill urged anyone who is interested to come down to the fairgrounds and get involved.While the majority of camp officers are specially trained in the medical needs of the children, the camp is accepting volunteers, age 18 or older, to assist in the daily duties and fun of the camp. EMDC has many upcoming events along with their ice cream social, such as the annual Summer Swinefest event, which raises money to help the organization in its capital campaign to build a permanent facility to call home. EMDC is currently renting space at the fairgrounds and hopes to remain at the area, once adequate funds have been raised. Some of the Summer Swinefest 2010 festivities will include a silent auction, live music, and barbecue from Lil’ Paul’s Smokehouse.  Hill, who started the camp in 1999 with a small group of volunteers who “just wanted to help these amazing kids,” said that any help in aiding EMDC in their mission will be greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a donation, become a sponsor, or help with the camp, call 453-0005, visit www.EmpowerMeDayCamp.com, or email EmpowerMeDayCamp@aol.com. Staff Writer Chelsea Burnett may be contacted at chelsea@wilsonpost.com.
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