Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
Lexington Catholic Student Raises $13,025 For Trooper Island Camp
Date of News Release: 11/14/2011
(FRANKFORT, KY) –- Kentucky State Police visited Lexington Catholic High School for a special check presentation for Trooper Island Camp. Senior student Julie Puterbaugh began the project as a leadership opportunity and ended up raising $13,205 for her charity! Many college scholarship applications request information about an applicant's leadership and community involvement activities, which is why Puterbaugh decided a philanthropy project would showcase her skills.
Puterbaugh originally set a goal of $10,000 for her fundraising project and exceeded that mark by raising $13,025. She contacted local companies and community groups to solicit donations and prizes to use in her fundraising efforts.
Trooper Island Camp is located in Clinton County on Dale Hollow Lake where it hosts over 700 campers each summer. The camp is for disadvantaged children who would not otherwise have the means to attend a camp. Campers participate in athletics, water safety, canoeing, fishing, swimming, fishing, and archery as well as character building activities. Trooper Island Camp is a non-profit agency and run solely on private donations.
In addition to raising funds, Puterbaugh spent two weeks at Trooper Island as a camp counselor. She said her time at Trooper Island was an amazing experience.
"I have never had the experience to work with under privileged children and it is something that I will always remember and keep with me," says Puterbaugh. "It makes me feel good when I see one of the campers out in public and they remember me and the fun times we had together."
Capt. David Jude, Spokesman for KSP and Trooper Island Camp Board member says that Puterbaugh's efforts are to be commended.
"It is an inspiration to our agency when we see a young person like Julie, take an interest in Trooper Island and do something that will have a lasting impact on these campers," says Jude.
Lexington Catholic Principle Sally Stevens was on hand for the presentation and shared her pride over Puterbaugh's accomplishments.
"Julie not only raised funds for Trooper Island, but she gave the most important gift – the gift of herself as a counselor – and to this project as well," says Stevens. "She is truly a model for all of us at Lexington Catholic to follow and I could not be more proud of her efforts."
For more information about Trooper Island Camp and how you can get involved please visit the KSP Website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/island.htm or contact (502) 782-1780.