Rockwall YMCA Angel Campers end summer camp with boot scootin’ party

Rockwall YMCA Angel Campers end summer camp with boot scootin’ party

(ROCKWALL, TX – July 27, 2015) The kids of JER Chilton YMCA’s Angel Camp program donned their cowboy best for a rootin’ tootin’ time at a cowboy-themed dance party marking the end of summer camp on Friday.

Cardboard replicas of John Wayne and other assorted western-themed décor were scattered around the YMCA’s gymnasium. Chiloso’s in Rockwall provided a delicious Mexican feast to the guests, and each camper received a special award during the event. Heath Mayor Lorne Liechty also made a special appearance and gave out the awards to the kids.

“The Y does so many wonderful things for the community, and Angel Camp is one of those fabulous things,” Liechty said. “It really provides a service to everyone in our community, and creates the opportunity for them to come here and enjoy camp in the summer and have a great time.”

The JER Chilton YMCA at Rockwall provides its Angel Camp program to the community as a way for children with special needs ages 5-18 to have a camp experience they otherwise might not be able to have. The program emphasizes youth development, healthy living and social responsibility in an environment that allows unique children to explore and create with the support their needs require. Kids in the Angel Camp program can expect a mixture of entertaining activities on a daily basis, including crafts, songs, games, outdoor activities, BB’s, archery, canoeing and an hour of swim time at the pool.

For the second year in a row, Dodie’s Cajun Diner at The Harbor donated the proceeds from its Annual Crawfish Fest to the YMCA so that it can continue to offer Angel Camp at no charge to the parents – only a one-time registration fee.

Dodie’s co-owner Gabe Nicolella and Dodie’s manager Dan Keils presented the check in the amount of $5,300 during the event.

“This is our second year doing this for the YMCA, and I just want to say it’s a pleasure supporting this great cause,” Nicollela said.

Congrats to the following award winners of the event:

Zoe Grace Bivins: Most Sassy

Vincent Cipriano: Most Energetic

Parker Clem: Most Selfless

Jacob Ferrebee: Mr. Zombie Apocalypse

Katlyn Ferrebee: Best Sibling

Landon Methvin: Yoga Master

Eric Mikulski: Mr. Slurpee

James Nance: Best Dance Moves

Kwame Owusu-Ansah: Best Friend

John Paul Rios: Most Helpful

Evan Nguyen: Most Observant

Jessica Shields: Most Grown Up

Taylor Turner: Best Smile

Brooks Vohden: Best Glasses

Emma Vohden: Most Camp Spirit

Dakota Aaron: Captain Jack Sparrow

Wade Claeson: Best Swimmer

Oomer Chaudhary: Full of Surprises

Haden Ellington: Mr. Lightning McQueen

Austin Figeac: Best Memory

Lexi Hartnett: Biggest Wardrobe

Heath Heydenreich: Best Humor

Wyatt Heydenreich: Most Photogenic

Taylor Howell: Most Likely To Be A Comedian

Caden Lindey: Mr. 20 Questions

Kiari Perez: Miss Go With The Flow

Taylor Scheurer: Miss Moon Moon Moon

For more information on Angel Camp, contact Camp Director Melissa Cotner at or JER Chilton YMCA Executive Director Bonnie LaVielle at , or call the Y at 972-772-9622.

Story and photos by Austin Wells, Blue Ribbon News staff writer and reporter.

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