By Sean Pearson
More foster children in East County will be able to attend summer camp, this year, due to the generosity of two Brentwood businesses. On Thursday, 02 June 2016, Dan Peterson of Movement Mortgage and John Kenney of JDK Realty & Associates formally presented Royal Family KIDS of Brentwood with two checks of $10,000 each. The presentation took place at the JDK & Associates office on in the Vic Stewart’s Center in Brentwood.
Accepting the checks on behalf of Royal Family KIDS were Dave and Sue Bowers, camp directors at RFK Brentwood. Dave Bowers explained the impact this grant will have:
“We appreciate the $25 checks too,” Dave said. “But checks like this, kind of push us over the top, and allow us to get ahead a little bit. Every year we’ve gone, in the past we’ve had to reset…I write a check for camp…for thirty, 35 thousand dollars… and the bank account’s…back almost to zero.”
“We’re not going to be there this year, which is a beautiful thing,” he added. “Plus we’re able to do more things for the kids this year.”
Royal Family KIDS is a faith-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Wayne and Diane Tesch to serve children in the foster system and take them to a week-long summer camp. The RFK website, it stated, “In 2015 Royal Family KIDS served over 7,700 children in 209 camps in 40 states and 4 international countries. Over one hundred thousand children have attended the camps since 1985.”
Sue Bowers was very emotional as she expressed her gratitude to Kenney and Peterson.
“The kids thank, you, the kids that don’t have a voice,” she said. “ Thank you for making something positive that they will never forget.”
All the funds will be used for the local, RFK Brentwood camp.
For more information visit www.brentwood.royalfamilykids.org or follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rfkbrentwood.