Camp Gross unveils signs of support

Photo by Diane Chodan A new sign for the Enoch Carlson Lodge at Camp Gross was created by C.J. Anson, Nick Anson and Tom Gunther.

CASSADAGA — Camp Gross has seen spring arrive. Signs have appeared everywhere on site — green fields, wildflowers, and even goslings.

At its recent meeting, the Camp Gross Foundation Board of Directors celebrated another type of sign, signs identifying important landmarks at camp. Through the years, many individuals and families have generously donated to create or upgrade facilities. Names of many familiar places commemorate these donors–Olmstead Cabin, Silliman Cabin, Robert Maytum Senior Memorial Garden, Lew Mead Fishing Dock, August Jankowski Bath House, and the Dr. John Forbes Waterfront Area and Dock.

The board dedicated new signs for two important facilities, the Enoch Carlson Lodge and the Mead Pavilion. Cynthia Mead Flaherty represented the Mead family at the event.

Referring the sign on the pavilion, she said, “I am sure my mother will be pleased by the sign. The new signs are beautiful.”

Board Vice President C. J. Anson, Nick Anson, and Tom Gunther created the news signs. The wooden signs are lettered in black and show representations of geese, a longtime symbol of the camp.

Photo by Diane Chodan The Camp Gross Foundation Board of Directors recently dedicated new signs for the Mead Pavilion and the Enoch Carlson Lodge. Pictured left to right are: Vince Vecchio, board president; Marti Webster, treasurer; Cynthia Mead Flaherty, representing the Mead family; C.J. Anson, vice-president; and Sally Lawson, secretary.

Spring is a busy season for the board. It welcomed Shannon Chmura as a new board member. The 501 (3) (c) non-profit organization, whose mission is to maintain the property for youth activities, also reviewed its fundraisers. It is in the middle of its yearly membership and fund drive.

Letters have gone out to potential donors. Anyone interested in making a donation may send it to the Camp Gross Foundation, 70 Leming St., Dunkirk, NY 14048.

A popular way to donate is to purchase an engraved brick for the area surrounding the flag pole outside the Enoch Carlson Lodge. The cost of each brick is $50. Bricks can be made out to honor a person or to commemorate a camp event or experience. There is a special section for Eagle Scouts. For questions or to receive a form, email sjlawson66@gmail.com. Over 300 bricks have been sold, according to Alona Forbes, chairwoman of this endeavor.

The Camp Gross 6th annual pancake fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday Aug. 17 at Applebee’s. Tickets are available from any board member or at the door. A basket raffle will be part of the event.

The 2nd annual Dr. John Forbes Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Sept. 28. More information will be available closer to the date.

The City of Dunkirk sponsors its yearly day camp on site each year. In addition the site is used by other youth groups including scout troops and school groups. For information about the property use, contact the camp ranger at 595-2171.

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