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Rotary gives grant to Camp Kesem

Amanda Surrusco, lead fundraiser for Camp Kesem NIU receives a grant check from Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club President Scott Zeimet.
Amanda Surrusco, lead fundraiser for Camp Kesem NIU receives a grant check from Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club President Scott Zeimet.

SYCAMORE – The Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club recently completed awards of its annual Community Grant for Children, Youth and Families of DeKalb County.

The club raises money each through the “Taste of DeKalb” event to fund an annual $10,000 grant to a local nonprofit organization with a project that will directly benefit children, youth and/or families in the county. This is the third consecutive year the club has awarded grants.

One of the recipients this year is Camp Kesem at Northern Illinois University. The program was awarded $2,500 to supplement meal, lodging and programming costs for the weeklong camp.

Camp Kesem provides a peer-based support system anchored in a network of free summer camps for children affected by a parent’s cancer. Led by the passionate efforts of college students across the country, Camp Kesem provides kids support, courage, empathy and fun while they face the challenges of having a parent with cancer. Camp Kesem NIU was first launched in 2016 and has seen growth each year.

Amanda Surrusco, lead fundraiser for Camp Kesem NIU, attended the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club meeting on June 25 and accepted the grant check on behalf of the organization.

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