A Cold Spring Harbor student has raised about $13,000 to benefit Camp Loyaltown in the Catskills, which serves children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Jolie Nemshin, 13, an eighth-grader at Cold Spring Harbor Junior/Senior High School, raised the money over the past two years by coordinating dance parties for fellow students — complete with a DJ, raffles and food. The most recent event, held last month at Port Washington’s H on the Harbor, brought in $6,400 and drew more than 100 students.
Nemshin said she was inspired to raise money for the summer camp because one of her friend’s brothers attends it.
“I see how difficult it can be to care for them sometimes and how nice it is for the families to get a break,” she said of people with special needs and their relatives.
This year, she organized a committee of 20 classmates who visited local stores to solicit gift certificates and items for raffles. Committee members also helped hang posters and distribute promotional fliers.
Donations and admission fees brought in more funds. The camp used last year’s donation to create a sensory garden so campers can experience various plants’ textures, colors and scents, she said.
Nemshin plays drums in her school’s band and enjoys playing tennis and lacrosse in her spare time.