June 21, 2014

Dear Blue Lake Friend,

As you read this letter, nearly 6,000 young people are preparing to attend Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, where they will thrive in a creative environment that stimulates personal growth and cultural awareness. Most of these students are attending with scholarship support from individuals like you. On their behalf, thank you!

Blue Lake’s impact on shaping young lives is defined by our past students and the thousands of dedicated counselors, staff, and faculty who have served Blue Lake since its inception. Our original mission to inspire students to achieve their potential has not waivered since our first day of camp in 1966. We are pleased to continue that tradition as we begin our 49th Season.

In our last letter, we shared with you that two of Blue Lake’s historic structures, Kresge Lodge and the Jazz Bowl, were destroyed when their roofs collapsed from excessive snow load. Many of our alumni and supporters responded immediately with financial support, for which we extend our sincere appreciation.

At this writing, we are pleased to report that both buildings will be completely restored and operational for the upcoming season. With a combined construction cost of nearly $800,000, we were left with no alternative than to utilize Blue Lake resources originally planned for breaking ground this fall on our new Health Lodge.

It is important to note that the $179,907.91 in Health Lodge donations raised previously were not used for these emergency construction needs and will remain earmarked for the purpose they were originally intended. We want to reinforce that Blue Lake is firmly committed to building a new Health Lodge, which is critical to meeting our ever growing camp health service needs. While our timeline has been understandably delayed, this remains our highest construction priority.

To the thousands of past campers who are in Blue Lake’s current alumni community, we extend an invitation to the Fourth Annual Alumni Day on August 2, 2014. Alumni Day will provide the opportunity to renew old friendships, tour the camp’s new facilities, and show your support for Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Scheduled activities include guided tours and a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony – The Choral, by the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra, Staff Choir, International Choir and Alumni Choir, under the direction of Michael Klaue.

An alumni reception will be held that evening at 6:00 p.m. featuring the Blue Lake Jazz Faculty Combo, in the Blodgett Recital Hall lobby. For complete Alumni Day registration information, log on to www.bluelake.org/alumniday. See you at camp!

As you plan your summer schedule, we encourage you to join us at Blue Lake for one of our many Summer Arts Festival presentations. A complete listing of events can be found at www.bluelake.org/saf

You are also invited to attend Experience Blue Lake, scheduled for July 21, 22, and 23 in Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan’s famed Hill Auditorium. Comprised of three evening performances, Experience Blue Lake will showcase the Blue Lake International Youth Symphony Orchestra, Choir and Jazz Orchestra, freshly returned from goodwill tours of Europe. For more information, log on to www.bluelake.org/ebl

In closing, we ask that you please consider a gift at this time to advance our mission and sustain our work. You can request all or a portion of your gift be directed to the Blue Lake Public Radio or International divisions, or designate your support to assist with camper scholarships, our recent emergency construction or the Health Lodge campaign. Simply make a note on your check or the enclosed donation envelope. Either way, your participation will truly make a difference and we appreciate your ongoing support.

Sincerely,

Fritz Stansell, President

Bill McFarlin, Vice President - Development

Interested in participating in the Blue Lake Alumni Choir? Membership is open to all Blue Lake donors, alumni and parents. For more information, log on to www.bluelake.org/alumnichoir  

Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp is recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization and all gifts are tax deductible.