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Moyer Foundation helps kids in distress

By Keegan Prosser on July 2, 2013 – No Comment

From left: Colin Kaufmann, Warren Miller, Karen Moyer, Laurie Miller and Jamie Moyer. Kaufmann and Laurie Miller founded the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation, the recipient of the 2013 Humanitarian Award. TEAM PHOTOGENIC

By Rose Dennis

A total of 420 people turned out for the Moyer Foundation luncheon May 16, raising $185,000, which benefitedCamp Erin and Camp Mariposa for children in distress. Karen and Jamie Moyer presented the Humanitarian Award to ski legend Warren Miller and the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation.

With 41 locations nationally and five in Washington, Camp Erin is now the largest network of free bereavement camps in the country for children and teens. The camp is named after Erin Metcalf, who met the Moyers in 2000 through the Make-A-Wish organization. She lost her battle with cancer later that year, but the couple bonded with her and in 2002 the first Camp Erin opened its doors.

Camp Mariposa is a free weekend camp for children, ages 9 to 12, impacted by addiction in their families. The first Camp Mariposa was established in partnership with the Bellevue-based Youth Eastside Services and now exists in five locations across the nation.

Bellevue’s Kemper Development Company was recognized as the Moyer Foundation’s 2013 Corporate Partner of the Year for its annual Front Row Fashion event during Bellevue Fashion Week.

Rose Dennis writes about events in Bellevue and the Greater Seattle area. She lives in Bellevue.