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“Sheriff’s Summer Camp” fundraising drive to begin soon

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Summer camp experience that focuses providing for those less fortunate

The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Allegany County within the next ten days according to Sheriff Whitney.

            The New York State Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979. It is a not-for-profit co, tax exempt organization, and contributions to the Institute are tax deductible. In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute is registered with the New York State Attorney General’s Charities Bureau.

            The flagship program of the Sheriffs’ Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. The Sheriffs’ Camp, in its 47th year of operation, is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across New York State attend each summer. The Sheriffs’ Institute pays the entire cost of the camp stay and transportation.  Most children attending wouldn’t otherwise have an opportunity for vacation travel or a summer camp experience.

            The Sheriffs’ Camp program combines summer recreation with activities designed to teach an understanding of, and respect for, our laws and the men and women who enforce them. The strong camper to counselor ratio allows for individual attention with an emphasis on the development of self-esteem.

            “With many sheriff’s deputies from across the state working as counselors’ side-by-side with the kids, the camp acts as a bridge between today’s youth and law enforcement foster positive relationships and help build mutual trust,” said Sheriff  Whitney.

  “By becoming an honorary member, you are helping us strengthen our communities and giving opportunities for kids in your area to have a wonderful summer camp experience,” said Whitney

            In addition, the Sheriffs’ Institute operates a scholarship program that provides one scholarship to each of New York State’s Community College’s Criminal Justice Programs. This program is designed to help attract the best and the brightest to the criminal justice vocation.

            For more information about the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp and other Sheriffs’ Institute Programs, visit our website, www.sheriffsinstitute.org or simply google  “Sheriffs’ Institute kids” and it will be your first option.

            Financial support for many of the Sheriffs’ Institute programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random. Any persons interested in supporting the efforts of the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute by becoming an Honorary Member should contact the Sheriff if they do not receive an invitation in the mail, or visit our web site at: www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.

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