Campership Fund donors are poised to rise to the challenge

WATERBURY – Enthusiastic supporters of the Greater Waterbury Campership Fund are closing in on a fundraising challenge that will trigger an additional $10,000 for the 2022 campaign.

With nearly two weeks to go, contributions to Ion Bank’s $10,000 challenge have reached $8,145, leaving just $1,855 to raise by June 30. If donations meet or exceed this amount, the Ion Bank Foundation will contribute an additional $9,000, and David Rotatori, CEO and President of Ion, and his wife, Pam, will contribute an additional $1,000 through their Rotatori Foundation.

In short, the $10,000 raised turns into $20,000, with every penny going towards sending underprivileged youth in Greater Waterbury to a week of summer camp once the schools complete their current school year.

Ion Bank and its foundation are using “Change a Life This Summer” as a rallying cry to urge all friends of the Fund to take up the challenge.

“We are lucky to have a lot of supporters,” said David Rotatori. “We’re almost at the goal line, so let’s give the final push and get all these kids to camp.”

Contributions since the start of the new year have climbed to $46,345, with a target goal of $160,000. Tuition for the potential group of 340 campers would be around $156,000. Last year, 238 children participated at a cost of $98,303.

A new online portal to facilitate the donation process is rapidly gaining traction. Of the $3,320 donated last week, $425 came from online donations.

Donations are accepted year round and can be sent to the Greater Waterbury Campership Fund, 389 Meadow St., Waterbury, CT 06722; dropped off at the Republican-American Building at this address; or made at

Amazon Prime shoppers can select the Campership Fund as their charity of choice when shopping online.

The Campership Fund, a 501(c)3, requires no salary or expenses for running the program which is overseen by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Other expenses, such as those arising from the organization of special events for the benefit of the fund, are covered by separate donations of money and services.

Contributions totaling $3,320 were recently received from:

Verna M. Lingis, Waterbury, in memory of Joseph Lingis, $500

Thomas J. and Lisa A. Vanotti, Torrington, in honor of Dave and Pam Rotatori, $250

n George J. Strobel III and Elaine MR Strobel, Middlebury, $250

Caren Bouchard, Prospect, $200

Kathleen McPadden, Naugatuck, $100

George and Helen Dowden, Cheshire, $100

Bryan J. Mulville, Southbury, in memory of Judge William “Tocco” Sullivan, $100

n Amanda K. Nardozzi, Waterbury, in honor of matching fund for Dave and Pam Rotatori, $100

Frank J. Travisano, Woodbury, in memory of my wife Marie Ponzillo Travisano, $100

Donald G. and Maria J. Michaud, prospect, $100

Donald J. and Lucille Ciampi, Middlebury, in memory of William “Tocco” Sullivan, $100

Douglas M. Dallon, Southbury, $100

Richard W. and Elaine Tomlinson, Watertown, in memory of Robert Ashley, $100

Anonymous, $100

Martha W. Barhydt, Watertown, $35

Charles H. Upson III, Washington, Connecticut, $35

James Pelletier Sr. and Germaine I. Pelletier, Wolcott, in honor of matching fund for Dave and Pam Rotatori, $25

Sandra Gold, Southbury, $25

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