Camp Courant Kicks Off 120th Anniversary

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courantcamp2courantcamp3As everyone wrestles with winter, there was a group over at Arch Street Tavern Wednesday who had their collective minds set on something else. Camping.

“I can’t wait till summer when the buses pull up to Camp Courant and the kids pile out,” said Camp Courant executive director Josh Reese at the fundraiser marking the kick-off for the camp’s 120th anniversary.

The Farmington facility, the largest free day camp in the nation, provides free summer camping programs to Hartford youths.

Among those at the fundraiser was board chairman Gene Sheehan, the PR king from Sullivan & LeShane who will be stepping down from the board this year.

“I’ve been on for 17 years and we have a reenergized, vibrant organization,” said Sheehan who has been on the board for 17 years and served as president for the past several years.  “We hacourantcamp1ve come full circle. It’s time to pass it on to the next generation.”

Other topics of discussion were the pending Valentine’s Day holiday and Northeast Utility manager Tom Dorsey had a love story to share.

“I was named after Tommy Dorsey,” he confessed about his name that is the same as the famed 1940s musician and bandleader. “My mother and father met at the Lake Compounce ballroom were Tommy Dorsey was playing,” he explained, referring to the Bristol park ballroom that in it heyday was a renowned band/dance venue

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