Camp Blue Star
179 Blue Star Way,
Hendersonville, NC 28739
Fall Friends + Family Day
November 18, 2018
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Spring Friends + Family Day
April 28, 2019
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April 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm
2451 Alumni Drive
Raleigh, NC 27606
Annalise “Spoon” Boese: Hi! I’m Spoon and I’m a senior majoring in English Literature. I’m so excited to be serving as Co-Director this year! In the past, I’ve held positions as a Make the Magic Coordinator for two years, and Admin team member, and a Cabin Counselor to the awesome Red Girl Unit!! I love Kesem because of all the special memories and lifelong friendships I’ve made over the last four years. My favorite part of camp is seeing all the campers cheer for each other in the talent show!
Derek “Lucky” Duin: Hi all, I’m Lucky and I’m a junior at NC State studying Accounting and Statistics. I’m returning for my second year as a Co-Director at Camp Kesem at NC State, previously holding the role as a Make the Magic Coordinator as well. As a member of the Admin Team at camp, my favorite activity is participating in any and all camper magic acts! I Kesem for the uniquely magic community we create.
Emily “Sundrop” Davis: I’m Sundrop and I’m one of our Co-AMP Coordinators, studying Genetics with a minor in Psychology. I’m a senior and this will be my second year serving in the AMP committee. My favorite song at camp is “Oh, a milkshake!” and I’m honored to have been a camp counselor with Kesem for the past two summers with the Green Girls and with our camp CITs.
Vince “Sassafras” Del Villar: Yo! I’m Sassafras, or simply “Sass,” and I’m a senior studying Finance and Spanish at NC State. This is my first year officially serving as AMP Coordinator, previously serving as MTM Coordinator in the past! I’ve been a Cabin Counselor to the Blue Boys the past two years and I cannot wait for my third camp next summer. I Kesem because every kid deserves to have this special Kesem magic in their lives. My favorite part of camp is making every camper smile during their time there!
Shannon “Bug” Grivas: Hi I’m Bug (on the left)! I’m a senior studying Psychology with a minor in Social Work. I love Camp Kesem and have been a member since my sophomore year in college. Last year I was an Outreach Coordinator and this year I’m a Development Coordinator. I’ve been a counselor for two years and cannot wait for this summer to see our campers again!
Courtney “Boss” Beddoe: I’m Boss and I’m a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Political Science and my favorite camp song is HEYYY BURRITO! I Kesem, not only for my grandfathers who I lost to cancer, but for all of the children in our Kesem family that continue to light up the world even in the darkest times.
Erin “Agent” Groce: I’m Agent and I’m a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Biology. I joined Camp Kesem as a freshman and had a fantastic time being a counselor this past summer! I Kesem because these are some of the most inspiring kids and everyone deserves to experience the magic of camp. Cancer sucks but joining together to provide a community of comfort, encouragement, and smiles, reminds us that we are not alone!
Aly “Noodle” Wilcox: Hi! My name is Noodle and I am a junior at NC State studying Foreign Language Literature and Education with a concentration in Spanish. I Kesem because although I can’t possibly understand what these children go through daily, I know the joy it brings to the kids and there is nothing more magical in this world than being able to give them the time of their lives, even if it is just a week, because they’ll remember it all year until the next camp!
Carson “Charms” Zaharis: I’m Charms and I am a senior at North Carolina State University and this will be my third year in a row being an Operations Coordinator and fourth year as a counselor! This past camp I actually served as a CIT counselor to some awesome CIT campersI cannot wait to get to work on this years camp games and more!
Jake “Floss” Petrillo: My name is Floss and I’m a sophomore at NCSU double majoring in Business Administration and International Studies. I Kesem because when I was young I lost both of my parents. Although it was not due to cancer, I remember what it was like to grow up in an unconventional household and it means the world to me to be able to support these kids and their families. Being able to experience camp and the excitement and joy that it bring to these kids is by far the greatest thing I do.
Maya “Wildcat” Stafford: Hi I’m Wildcat and I’m a senior double majoring in Business Administration and International Studies. I am so excited to be a co-coord for our Outreach efforts this semester and I Kesem because of all of the amazing lives that I have had the opportunity to change over the past 3 years. I wouldn’t trade our week of Camp Kesem for the world; its my favorite week of the year! I have made so many wonderful friends, counselors and campers alike!
Kelly “Manatee” Stevens: I’m Manatee and I am a senior studying Animal Science with a Non Profit minor. I love Kesem because it has given me the opportunity to make my time at NC State meaningful. It has also given me a loving and supporting community on campus!
Conor “Strike” Anderson: Hi! My name is Strike and I am the treasurer for Camp Kesem at NC State. My good friends Lucky and Guac got me involved last semester, making this my first full year being involved. I was a counselor for the Green Boys this past camp. I am currently a junior at State studying Chemistry. I am honored to be your treasurer this year and I can’t wait for camp!
Morgan “Belle” Cregan: I’m Belle (in the middle!) and I’m a senior at North Carolina State University. I’ve been involved with Camp Kesem for the past 4 years! I’ve held the positions of Operations Coordinator, Make the Magic Coordinator, and I currently hold the position of Volunteer Coordinator. Camp Kesem holds a big place in my heart and will forever be my favorite part of my college experience.
Adam “Guac” Heinen: Hey guys! I’m Guac, a junior in Pre-med at NC State. This is my third year being in Camp Kesem at NCSU and my second year as the Volunteer co-coordinator. Being a counselor for Camp Kesem has been the one the most rewarding experiences I have had, because what we do means so much to these kids and their families. There are no words to express the magnitude of cancer’s effect on a family, but with Kesem we can create something magical.
In addition to the year-round support, services, and training we receive from Kesem National,
we are grateful to those who provide support to our local Camp Kesem chapter including:
Our Advisory Board who provides ongoing guidance to our chapter’s leadership team.
Our corporate and foundation donors who provide critical resources to help fund the services we deliver locally.
The many retail and service providers who offer in-kind support for our summer camp as well as many or our year-round services.
Countless individuals – including our families and friends who honor our commitment to Camp Kesem with their financial support and unwavering encouragement.
Kesem’s national staff of over 30 professionals is involved in all aspects of establishing and supporting each of our 100+ chapters nationwide as well as the training and oversight of all college student leaders. Our leadership program has been developed over the last 17 years and, while both rigorous and demanding, is focused on providing the highest level of support, service and safety for the children who participate in our programs.
The Kesem Program Director for this chapter (see below) is involved in all aspects of camp and our additional services. While your local student leaders are your primary contact for questions, you are also welcome and encouraged to contact their Program Director with other specific questions.
Hannah joined the Camp Kesem National team as a Regional Program Director in April 2019. She first fell in love with the organization while attending University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she served as an Alumni, Marketing, and PR Coordinator for one year and Co-Director for two. During her time as a student she also served as a Camp Advisor, Camp Prep Volunteer, Funder Prospect Research Intern and on the National Student Panel. She will graduate in May from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Journalism in Advertising and Public Relations. From Omaha, Nebraska, she will reside in Chicago, Illinois, and can often be found enjoying the outdoors, drinking coffee or exploring new breakfast restaurants.