PENINSULA, Ohio (September 2011) – For many of us, the prospect of going through our entire childhood without ever hiking through the woods or finding that special spot to fish is hard to imagine. However, this is a reality for many Northeast Ohio children, which is why local non-profit Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park works to give local kids these experiences.
The Conservancy’s 11th Annual Clambake Fundraising Event directly supports scholarships for children in need, allowing them to attend the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center. With the funds raised, local children take part in a four-day residential camp program— taking them from the city lights to the sights and sounds of the national park.
The Clambake will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center (CVEEC). The CVEEC is located at 2796 Oak Hill Road in Peninsula. Advance registration to reserve your spot is required and ends on Sept. 9. People interested in attending or sponsoring the event can visit www.conservancycvnp.org or call 330-657-2909 ext. 222.
The evening consists of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, full clam and lobster bake, musical entertainment, live auction and a raffle. Money raised at the event offsets the cost needed per child to attend the CVEEC residential program. The 2010 Clambake raised roughly $50,000, allowing 160 children to encounter the surroundings of our 33,000 acre national park. The Conservancy staff is working hard to make sure this year’s Clambake makes an even larger impact on children in Northeast Ohio.
“It’s amazing how the students respond when they are exposed to the natural world for the first time! You really see a difference by the time they leave, now armed with the knowledge and appreciation of the environment and how they can personally make a positive impact on nature,” said Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park CEO Deb Yandala. “The Clambake is a truly special event because it goes a long way in helping the Environmental Education Center influence a new generation.”
To learn more about this event or the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, call (330)657-2909 or visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org.
About the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a non-profit organization created to engage public support for the park and provide services to enhance public use and enjoyment of the park. For more information about the Conservancy and its programs, visit www.conservancyforcvnp.org or call (330) 657-2909.
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Editor’s Note: High-resolution photography is available upon request and interviews can be scheduled by contacting Ralph Davila at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 330-657-2909 ext. 109. Media members are welcome to attend the event. Please RSVP to the above email or phone number.
Ralph J. Davila, APR
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park
330-657-2909 ext. 109