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12/20/2011 10:00 AM Posted by: Tommy Ferguson

Camp Olympia, a premier Texas summer camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 16 located on Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas, today announced that their new Philanthropy Club donated $4,000.00 this holiday season to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. The donation, given by kids to help kids, will be used to pay for up to 800 prescriptions and/or 125 home medical equipment devices (including nebulizers to administer mist inhaled medication into the lungs) for under-resourced families that turn to the Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates’ (TCPA) Ripley House for health care services.

Several Houston-area Camp Olympia campers (Ally Myers, Hunter Runnells, Sam Worsham and Benjamin Allison) were on hand to proudly deliver a check that represented years of earning over 24,000 merits from 570 campers (merits are earned by doing good deeds and can be saved and spent in the Camp Olympia Country Store) to Texas Children’s Hospital representatives, Seema Patel, Texas Children’s Hospital Development Office and Dr. Jackie Ramchatesingh, a TCPA Project Medical Home practice physician.

"We are so proud of our campers,” said Chris Gilbert, co-founder of Camp Olympia. "This donation was truly given from their hearts and minds, a quality that we consistently work to instill in our kids. To see the big smiles on their faces, as they handed the check to TCPA – Ripley House representatives, brought tears to our eyes. This is the first year for the Camp Olympia Philanthropy Club and the kids were so supportive of the program. We are looking forward to the growth of the club in the coming years,” he continued.

About the Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates Project Medical Home - Ripley House

As part of its goal to build a community of healthy children, Texas Children’s Pediatric Associates (TCPA) Project Medical Home (PMH) provides trusted, high-quality pediatric medical services for children who otherwise would seek care from emergency rooms or possibly go without care or treatment due to low family incomes and/or lack of health insurance. Regardless of the family’s financial situation, PMH provides health care to children from birth to age 18 and offers the opportunity to develop a trusting, long-term relationship with a board certified pediatrician. TCPA is a component of the Texas Children’s Hospital network of health care services.

About Camp Olympia

Established in 1968, Camp Olympia is an overnight Texas summer camp for boys and girls located on Lake Livingston in Trinity, Texas; just 100 miles north of Houston. Camp Olympia campers choose from over 40 camp activities, ranging from waterskiing to golf to horseback riding, so they participate in activities that interest them. Camp Olympia focuses on building character and values by teaching responsibility and cooperation, and is accredited by the American Camping Association. The veteran full-time camp leaders, with over 40 years of experience, and a dynamic group of college counselors serve as positive role models for campers. Counselor to camper ratio is set at 1:4 per cabin. For more camp registration information, schedule a camp tour, or learn more about Camp Olympia’s 2012 Summer Program, visit the website at

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