January 2024 Newsletter

Mai's Journey and the Impact of

Angels Unaware and Camp Ray-Ray


In the quiet corners of Colorado, where the mountains whispered tales of resilience, Mai’s story unfolded like a melody written by the angels themselves.

 

In the 1990s, Mai and her brother found themselves navigating a world where their parents carried the weight of HIV. A move from the warm embrace of Hawaii to the rugged landscapes of Colorado brought uncertainty, but it also paved the way for an extraordinary journey.

 

Angels Unaware became their sanctuary, a haven of support and encouragement for families like Mai’s. It was within the walls of Camp Ray-Ray, now in its 28th year, that Mai discovered a family beyond blood. She met others touched by the same challenges, and among them was Arta Bank’s family.

 

Mai called the Bank’s children and other campers’ “cousins” a term borrowed from Hawaiian tradition where friends were family. Camp days became a shared tapestry of laughter, tears, and the forging of bonds that transcended circumstance.

 

As the years danced by, Mai, Arta, and their families embarked on separate journeys. Yet, the threads of connection woven during camp remained unbroken. They stayed in touch, like a constellation of stars formed in the Colorado night sky of shared memories.

 

Last year, Mai returned to the place that witnessed her growth, not just as an individual but as part of an extended family. Against the backdrop of Colorado’s breathtaking beauty, she renewed her wedding vows. Arta’s children, once camp companions, stood as attendants in this celebration of love and resilience.

 

The magic of Angels Unaware and Camp Ray-Ray revealed itself in the unconventional unending bonds formed in the acceptance of unique family make-ups, and in the ordinary yet extraordinary gifts of understanding and compassion. At future camps, Mai’s journey will echo through the mountains, whispering tales of hope to those who need it most.

 

In the legacy of Angels Unaware, Mai’s story becomes a testament to the enduring power of love, connection, and the extraordinary journey that blossoms from the seeds of compassion planted in the soil of adversity. 

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the donors who, with incredible generosity, contributed to Angels Unaware and Camp Ray-Ray throughout the month of December. Thanks to your support, we successfully raised funds to cover this year's camp and provided grocery gift cards to families. None of this would have been achievable without the unwavering support of our benevolent benefactors. Your support exemplifies the love and commitment of community members dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children and their families living with HIV.

Thank you all sincerely!

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Denver

Jon Bosch

Nuanes Consulting

Raymond Goetz

Bill and Dr. Colleen Foos

David and Barb Johnson

Mike and Nora Steenson

Michael Smith

Bill Douglas

Karen Tudahk

Anthony and Sarah Sacco

Greg and Jennifer Isaac

Dr. Sara Winter

Dr. Laura Border

Gerald Foos

Marie Franks

JoAnn Randall

Sandra Reiser

Chase Lee

Joanne Fowler

D & K Ritzke

Phyllis and Neil Bosch

Michael Burns

Steve Bohl

Marilynn Maring

Lisa Potts

Amanda Bush

Suzanne Brosell

Jess Wiederholt

Kristen Klaassen

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Registration Opens March 1, 2024,

for a Tulip-tastic Time at the

28th Annual Camp Ray-Ray's "Flower Power".

It's going to be an event that's just

unfor-get-me-not-able!

July 19 - 22, 2024

at Snow Mt. Ranch in Granby, Colorado


"Hey there, campers! 🌼 Get ready to bloom and blossom at Camp Ray-Ray's "Flower Power" extravaganza! 🌸🌻 We're petal-tively thrilled to welcome you to a fantastic floral adventure. 🌺🌼

 

Exciting news! Camp is extending its petal-powered magic for an extra day. We'll kick off the fun on Friday, July 19, 2024, at 3 pm, and we won't wilt away until noon on Monday, July 22. Camp registration will start blooming on March 1, 2024, and the deadline to join the floral fun is June 1, 2024.

 

What's in store for Camp this year? Well, we have a bouquet of new classes, workshops, and classic fun for you to enjoy:

 

🌟 Stargazing 🌿 Nature Walks 🦉 Wildlife Observation Walks 🌼 Nature Arts and Crafts in Steffanie's Sunshine Room 🍽️ Tracy's Friday night catered meal with Teen Assistance 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 Buddy Families 💬 HIV Disclosure Conversations 🎯 Minute-to-Win-IT and Family/Volunteer Bingo 🔥 Teen Camp Fire with S'mores 🏹 Camp Staples: Archery, Zipline, Sledding, Arts and Craft Center, Horse Riding, and Keva Center activities - wall climbing, skating, volleyball, and swimming.

 

Remember, Camp is free for eligible families. To qualify, someone in your immediate family must be living with HIV, and there must be a child or young adult under the age of 24 in your home. If you know of any eligible families, be sure to spread the word about Camp and encourage them to join the floral festivities!

 

Let’s have a bloomin' awesome 🌻🌈💖 Camp!

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