About Camp Runoia Alumnae Organization
A snapshot of Camp Runoia history:
Camp Runoia was founded in 1907 by Lucy Weiser and Jessie Pond. In 1959, Phil and Betty Cobb, who met at Phil’s father’s camp, Camp Wyonegonic, bought Camp Runoia from Lucy Weiser. In 1991, the Cobb’s daughter, Pam Cobb Heuberger joined them and bought Camp Runoia. Betty and Pam continued to run camp together until Betty Cobb passed away in 2003. The directors have been supported by wonderful women who spent decades at Runoia including Marion “Johnny” Johnson, Diane Smith and MJ Auns.
A snapshot of Camp Runoia Alumnae Organization History:
In the Spring of 1999, The Cobb Family sold a property adjacent to camp and contributed the $230,000 proceeds from the sale to the Camp Runoia Alumnae Organization. This gift seeded an endowment fund to provide financial assistance to girls whose families would not otherwise be able to afford to send their daughters to Runoia. The fund, which was later named the Betty Cobb Memorial Campership Fund, has been the focus of the CRAO’s mission ever since.
Through continuous fund raising, careful stewardship, and prudent management, the fund has realized significant growth over the past twenty years. At the end of the third quarter of 2017, the market value of the fund had surpassed $690,000. Since the fund was established, scores of campers have benefitted from grants made to Runoia’s directors to help offset families’ tuition obligations. In the last seven years alone, a combination of interest income from the campership endowment and continued private donations have enabled the CRAO to contribute a total of $324,500 to camp for this purpose.
As we look the future, the CRAO seeks to continue building the fund so that we can sustain impactful contributions to Runoia every year. Our immediate goal is to raise $30,000 this year in celebration of Pam Cobb Heuberger’s 30th season directing and leading at Runoia. Eventually, we aim to grow the principal of the endowment to the point where its interest income is sufficient to maintain annual contributions equal to the levels we have been contributing in recent years. By doing this, the Betty Cobb Memorial Campership Fund of the CRAO will continue to provide girls with the life-changing experience of a Runoia summer, regardless of their family’s financial means.
If you would like more information about contributing to the Betty Cobb Memorial Campership or want to take part in building this important legacy, click here.
Camp Runoia Alumnae Organization (CRAO) Board of Directors:
President: Roberta “Boop” Tabell Jordan
Vice President: Anne McKenna
Treasurer: Jamie Cluchey
Secretary: Diane Smith
Nandy Florey Bradford
Matti Williams Bradley
Jenny Sachs Dahnert
Jody Rowell Dixon
Holly Rutherford Bukacek
Krissy Auns Oliver
Susan “Yatesy” Yates
Yuki Moore Laurenti
Thank you Officers and Trustees for dedicating your energy to helping girls attend sleepaway camp in Maine at Camp Runoia! Please contact President Roberta “Boop” if you would like to serve a term and provide a profound camp experience for girls.
Donations – What your donations provide for campers:
Betty Cobb Campership full season 2018 $9600
Betty Cobb Campership one session 2018 $6200
Three Runoia meals a day – full season $750
Three Runoia meals a day – All meals for one session $375
Wilderness camping trips $250
Horse riding lessons for a session $250
Learn to sail and/or advanced sailing $175
Ocean kayaking trip $150
Swimming Lessons for the session $125
Uniform for trips, campfire, special events and cotillion $75
Awards and certifications for achievements $50
Milk and Crackers for the season $30
Memories from a profound camp experience… priceless!
Here you can read the Fall 2017 newsletter to catch up about camp. “The Log”