Updated: 05/01/2014 7:15 PM
Created: 05/01/2014 3:22 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Leclair
Would you like to taste test some of the best wine in the country and from around the world? The Camp Good Days Wine Auction Dinner is this weekend.
Brianna Kline is four essays and two finals away from graduating from the College at Brockport. Even though her future is uncertain, she’s already beaten childhood cancer and raised thousands of dollars for Camp Good Days and Special Times.
Brianna Kline said, “I always loved the water stuff and that’s why I think I became a lifeguard.”
Brianna first went to the camp on Keuka Lake when she was just six years old, a few months after she was diagnosed with leukemia. Day camp turned into overnight camp the next year and she’s been hooked ever since.
Kline said, “As soon as I turned 18, I was able to start going back as a volunteer. There's so much to do there and everyone is so nice and they don't treat you different. I think that's the biggest thing that they treat you like a normal kid who is there to have fun.”
Camp is free and that’s why fundraisers are critical. For fourteen years, volunteers have run the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition. It was held five weeks ago and the leftover wines will now be auctioned off at this weekend’s gala event.
Kyle DiMartino, Camp Good Days and Special Times, said, “Right now, it costs about $500 to send a kid to camp so the more money we raise here with the wine competition dinner, the more kids we can send to camp.”
The Saturday Gala at the Rochester Plaza is Camp Good Days’ biggest fundraiser of the year. Last year, it brought in $200,000. This year, they're hoping for a quarter million and that will go a long way to sending kids to camp for what could be the best summer of their life.