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Camp Cheerful holds 24th Annual Fall Festival

The 24th Annual Camp Cheerful Fall Festival Dinner and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Achievement Centers for Children Camp Cheerful, 15000 Cheerful Lane in Strongsville, Ohio. Major support for the event is provided by the Brunswick Auto Mart, along with other generous sponsors. Tiffani Tucker, anchor for the 9 and 10 pm newscast at Channel 19 News and member of the Achievement Centers’ Board of Directors, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

The casual, fun evening will include a spectacular dinner buffet prepared and served by Chef Chris Olszewski and students from the Polaris Career Center Culinary Academy, as well as dancing to the AKA Band. Popular silent auction items will include many unique experience packages and items such as autographed sports memorabilia, sporting event tickets, spa and golf packages, restaurant certificates and more.

Camp Cheerful’s Fall Festival is organized by a dedicated and active group of volunteers from the Strongsville area, with a goal to raise over $75,000 to support the many programs at Camp Cheerful. As one volunteer, Mary Ellen Petras said, “It’s heartwarming to see where the money is going and to know that every penny stays at camp. Every child should have the opportunity to attend camp. Raising money for kids that can’t afford it is the whole idea behind this.”

A cost of $40.00 per person includes dinner, refreshments and dancing. Reservations may be made online or by calling Maggie at 216-292-9700 ext. 226.

Built in 1947 on 52 wooded acres in the Cleveland Metroparks Mill Stream Run Reservation, Camp Cheerful was Ohio’s first barrier-free camp specifically designed for children with physical disabilities. Today, campers of all abilities enjoy activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, campfires, fishing, canoeing, sports and therapeutic horseback riding. From traditional camping experiences to adapted sports, Camp Cheerful offers seasonally-appropriate activities for children and adults with and without disabilities in a supportive outdoor environment, including weekend respite care for campers, adapted sports, year-round adult day program, outdoor education programs and a fully-accessible high ropes course.

Media contact: Susan Christopher,, (216) 292-9700

About the Achievement Centers for Children

The Achievement Centers for Children is a non-profit organization with a mission to empower children and adults with disabilities, and their families, to achieve their greatest potential. The agency provides comprehensive, high-quality, cost-effective services and programs in the areas of therapy, education, recreation and sports, and family support services to meet the needs of the entire family.

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