Pretty Amazing Advancement

“Pretty Amazing” Advancement Campaign

In 2009, Pretty Lake Camp was approached with an amazing opportunity. Dr. John A. Woollam, a progressive and generous friend of ours, stepped forward with a remarkable gift to ensure our long-term sustainability. In his own words:

Amazing Gift… Amazing Opportunity!

The gift included financial support to Pretty Lake Camp’s endowment fund to protect our land from future commercial development, operational support for three years, and a challenge gift of $500,000 for additional endowment funds if we could secure matching funds from the community. This money would be used to support future operational needs and help “adopt” campers forever.

In order to take advantage of this amazing gift and to prepare for the next 100 years, the Pretty Lake Camp Board of Directors launched the “Pretty Amazing” campaign, a three-year $2.3 million fundraising campaign. Once complete, this campaign effort accomplished three important objectives:

  • Fund improvements and expansions to the camp, including construction of a multi-purpose facility, new playground equipment, building renovations, installation of erosion control measures & water filtration systems, and recreational upgrades.
  • Support our “adopt a camper” program for 2011, 2012 and 2013 – allowing us to continue providing a totally cost-free summer camp experience to all of our campers and their families.
  • Build Pretty Lake Camp’s endowment fund to ensure for the future operations and support of the camp.

Taken together, these investments will greatly increase our capacity to provide cost-free, summer camp programs to children, as well as to enhance the year-round programs to the community as a whole. We invite you to read more about this amazing campaign by downloading our brochure (PDF) or by exploring the menu tabs above. You can also learn more by watching our video – “Giving Childhood a Chance”.

We  are thrilled to announce that, with the support and generosity of many, we surpassed our $2.3M goal by raising over $2.4M! We are so grateful to all who believe in the work that we do and the people we serve and who supported this campaign.

Questions? Please review the Frequently Asked Questions or contact our development director Kathleen Kelleher at (269) 375-1950 x119 or

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