Proceeds from the Essex Horse Trials directly benefit Greater Newark LifeCamp, which provides an enriching day camp experience for approximately 300 Newark, New Jersey-area youth, per day, for six weeks during the months of July and August.
The Life Camp movement began in 1887, when the original editor of LIFE Magazine founded the Life Fresh Air Fund to aid underprivileged, inner-city children by sending them to the country for fresh air and sunshine. The current mission of LifeCamp, Inc. is to empower children from Newark to succeed and excel in life by developing life skills, character and leadership through a summer enrichment program outside of an urban environment.
The LifeCamp campus, which first opened in 1923, is located in Pottersville, New Jersey. The site lies within a few miles of Essex’s new home at Moorland Farm in Far Hills and encompasses 90 acres of open fields, rolling hills and woodlands on the Lamington River. The rural campus provides an effective teaching environment and unique opportunity for children to stretch their talent and imagination in a way few other summer camp programs can match.
“We are so appreciative and grateful that LifeCamp is the beneficiary of the Essex Horse Trials,” says Kathy Cree, LifeCamp Executive Director. “The LifeCamp experience makes a lasting, positive impression on our children and their future. The generosity of the Essex community will make a meaningful difference in the lives of our campers and their families.”
Ralph Jones, President of the Essex Horse Trials, Inc. adds, “All of us involved with the Essex Horse Trials are thrilled to begin this affiliation with LifeCamp. Its mission is clearly inspirational and we look forward to discovering ways that our organizations can work together to bring additional experiences to both LifeCamp campers and the Essex community.”
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