Park Ridge, Ill. (May 27, 2011) – Today, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) member Scott Salinas, CFS, CLTC, presented USD 25,000 on behalf of the MDRT Foundation to Comfort Zone Camp (CZC), which seeks to ease the pain of children who have lost an immediate family member.
“The MDRT Foundation commends Comfort Zone Camp and the work they are doing for children who have tragically suffered the untimely death of a close family member,” said MDRT Foundation President Robelynn H. Abadie, LUTCF, RFC. “We hope this funding will help CZC provide continued services and opportunities to help these children persevere through such trying times.”
Salinas, an 11-year MDRT member and Bronze Knight from Wall, N.J, sponsored the grant and has volunteered as a “Big Buddy” mentor for CZC campers.
As the largest bereavement camp in the United States, CZC provides a grief-therapy based recreational camp experience for children aged 7 to 17 who have lost a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. All of the camps, located in Virginia, California, Massachusetts and New Jersey, are offered free-of-charge. Children participate in sports and art activities, while also dealing with their grief through peer support groups led by professional grief counselors. At the conclusion of each camp, a memorial service is held, which is also attended by the children’s families.
CZC was featured on Main Platform during the 2005 MDRT Annual Meeting, which inspired many MDRT members and companies, including New York Life, to make generous commitments to support ongoing CZC programs and activities.