Camp Courant Happy Hour Draws A Crowd

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courant2 - CopyThere should have been a campfire at the Arch Street Tavern Happy Hour Thursday, given all the camp tales being told at Camp Courant’s “Send A Kid To Camp” fundraiser.

“We had a camp, we called it Boys Athletic Beach,” quipped the always entertaining Congressman John Larson. The longtime politico and East Hartford guy explained how he and friends had a favorite place is  where they set up their own makeshift camp as kids, nicknaming it, well,  let’s just say it has something to do with swimwear or the lack of it. “It was great,” smiled Larson recalling his “younger years.” “I mean I was a boy from the projects, what can I say?”

courant1 - CopyAnd while the beer and the tales flowed, there was a good reason for cutting out of work early to head over to the tavern, raising money so that as many children in need as possible will enjoy a camping vacation this summer at the Farmington facility.

“We believe in the benefits of a camping experience for youths,” said Dan Moore, government affairs manager at Northeast Utilities, a major sponsor of the event. “This was our opportunity to help out.”

And while the mood was light as business leaders wound down to enjoy the get-together, the business of the day was money.

“this event raised over $10,000,” said Camp Courant board chair Gene Sheehan of Hartford’s Sullivan & LeShane. “And more importantly, it has renewed the momentum and the commitment of the people of Hartford to nurture Hartford’s children.”

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