MATA-MONDAY – March 27th, 2017


We want to give a huge camp shout-out to Inter B, Harley Dichter! This past Saturday, Harley put together an unbelievable fundraiser at Lesters (a New York based children’s/teen store) to raise money for a local Maine camp that is near and dear to our Camp Mataponi hearts, Camp Sunshine.  For over 15 years, Camp Mataponi campers and staff have given their support to the children and families who attend Camp Sunshine by volunteering as helpers at the camp, supporting the Seals for Sunshine fundraisers and even raising money during the school year to help send families with an ill child to a week of fun on Sebago Lake.

As a charity project in honor of her upcoming Bat-Mitzvah, Harley created the “Harley Dichter Bat Mitzvah Designs project” to benefit Camp Sunshine, a retreat in Casco, Maine for kids with life threatening illnesses and their families.

Harley sourced seven products – shoelaces, retractable ear buds, a phone wallet with stand, sunglasses in two styles, lip balm, and a canvas tote – in Camp Sunshine’s signature yellow color to be sold for a suggested donation of $10 per item- all proceeds going to Camp Sunshine so other kids can enjoy a camp experience like Harley does.

The day was an incredible success and Harley’s local newspaper, The Harrison Daily Voice, picked up the story which you can read below.  Her next event will be held on May 6th and we will be sure to let you all know where that will be.  To check out the designs and purchase any products, visit



Harrison Girl Raises Money To Send Kids With Fatal Illnesses To Summer Camp

A Harrison girl is raising money to send children with life-threatening illnesses to summer camp in Maine.

Harley Dichter, 12, created a line of seven products, called Harley Dichter Designs, for a fundraiser held Saturday at Lester’s in Rye Brook. Harley thought of the project in conjunction with her upcoming Bat Mitzvah at the Jewish Community Center in Harrison.

Harley’s mother, Shoshana Dichter, called the fundraiser “a huge success” with about 75 to 100 patrons stopping by. About $2,000 was raised, she said.

Harley, who is a 7th grader at Louis M. Klein Middle School, said she has enjoyed summer camps in Maine, so wants to send ill children with their families to Camp Sunshine.

The Harrison teen — who also is a class treasurer at LMK — designed shoelaces, retractable earbuds, a phone wallet with a stand, two styles of sunglasses, lip balm and a canvas tote bag using Camp Sunshine’s signature yellow color. Her products were sold at Saturday’s fundraiser.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Celebrating a birthday this week are …

Campers: Taylor B, Sami B, Sienna S & Zoe S

Staff: Sean F & Zoe R



We found one fitting holiday this week, Tuesday, March 28th is “Anything On A Stick Day”. If you’re like me (Marcy) who thinks food is just more fun on a stick then this is the day for you!  This is our holiday every Saturday night at our camp theme dinners.

We’re always trying to come up with ways to put our desserts or really, anything, on a stick. So on Tuesday night, we’ll be celebrating “Anything on a stick” by making s’mores (marshmallows on a stick) at home in our fire pit and thinking about how our first theme dinner is just 13 ½ weeks away. Tell us what kind of food you will be having Tuesday night on a stick, fruit kabobs, hotdogs, chocolate covered bananas, mozzarella sticks…

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