Hannah entered the world of CAMP as a 15-year-old volunteer counselor in 2016, not knowing this camp for children and adults with disabilities in rural Texas would become her home and impact her life’s trajectory. Following her introduction in the summer 2016, Hannah’s involvement with the disability community surpassed that of exclusively spending summers at camp, but the “real world” is nothing like the haven CAMP has created. Hannah’s goal of spreading the message of inclusion, accessibility, and kindness through friendships that break down barriers, just like what she experienced at CAMP. Now, at 21 years old, Hannah is a senior at The University of Texas with a major in Special Education. She is a home health-care worker for a young man with Cerebral Palsy, and still spends every summer working at CAMP.
Trenton Dimick was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and attended Warren High School and Nellie Reddix. Trenton enjoys playing video games, watching TV, dancing, taking care of animals and counting and sorting money. Trenton has several goals. He hopes to have a job that he enjoys and wants to help campers feel welcome at CAMP.
Trenton’s journey with CAMP began after his 18th birthday. He was initially apprehensive in attending, but as soon as he arrived and met his counselor, he was ready to stay. With each year, he gained confidence and experience and began to provide assistance to other campers. Based on encouragement from CAMP staff, Trenton transitioned from camper to volunteer. The opportunity at CAMP has been transformative for Trenton and has helped him become more independent and opened his mind to new experiences.
Ken McConnell was raised in San Antonio and is the proud father to Brandon. He started in the car business in 1988 and has worked his way up in the automobile business until 2006 when he opened what is now Seguin RV. Ken is very active in the community previously serving as CAMP’s Board President on the board with Brighton Schools. He has been an active volunteer in the special needs community. Most of his free time is spent with his son as they enjoy camping and regular trips to the Texas coast.
Ken will share his journey with Brandon and his commitment to CAMP’s mission. CAMP has been truly beneficial to Brandon and to Ken. When describing Brandon’s first experience at CAMP, Ken said, “For me, CAMP for me is the place where I discovered that my son could be away from me. Children have milestones in their lives. Well, I think that parents have milestones too and that was a milestone for me.”
Molly is a 37-year-old single mom to Mavrick. At the time of the Gala, Mavrick will be a newly minted 8-year-old third grader. He is a fierce self-advocate and enjoys pursuit of all thing’s sensation seeking - like parasailing, zip lining, and jet skiing.
Molly will share her story of perseverance and how the supportive community she found in CAMP has provided much more than she ever expected. Because of Camp CAMP, Molly says she never has to worry if Maverick will get to enjoy the same experiences as his peers. She states, “It’s the only place I’ve ever felt he is safe and it’s the only place he’s never had to mask and try to be anyone other than his amazing, incredible self. The gift you have given us is endless and transformative. There is no place on earth quite like the haven you’ve created - a shining model of inclusivity, kindness, diversity, acceptance, and celebration.”