TANNERSVILLE, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Many, especially New Yorkers, know the significance of the number 343.
But few know the sober reality of the number 181. FDNY lost 343 members
on Sept. 11, 2001. More than 17 years after the worst terror attack in
U.S. history, a staggering additional 181 line-of-duty deaths are
directly linked to 9/11. All 181 were a result of various illnesses, the
overwhelming majority of them cancers, linked to the toxic exposure
during the FDNY’s rescue and recovery effort at the World Trade Center
site. This number is only rising.
As part of a unique program, Camelback Gives Back, FDNY Foundation, FDNY
Family Assistance Unit (FAU) and Camelback Resort in Tannersville, PA,
joined forces to salute the NYC 9/11 First Responders and the families
of both 343 and 181 with an invitation to simply get away and have a
meaningful, fun-filled experience inside Aquatopia indoor waterpark.
“Our mission is to help FDNY families heal. Today, nearly two decades
after 9/11, the average age of those courageous, FDNY first responders
is 55. Many are now parents or grandparents,” said Evelyn Tesoriero,
Assistant Commissioner, Family Assistance Unit, FDNY. “Healing comes in
many ways, so to work with Camelback Resort to offer a day of laughter
and fun was a true blessing for so many of the FDNY families.”
See the story here: https://youtu.be/lIKbsoVTOTQ
The Camelback Gives Back program was established in 2016 to literally give
back to the community by working with various groups in need to
create memorable experiences at Camelback Resort. The mission of this
program is to help deliver unforgettable, meaningful experiences for
these special guests and to help them forget, if even for a day or two,
about their daily struggles. Through this program, Camelback has also
welcomed Purple Heart recipients, The Breasties, a special group of
women affected by breast and ovarian cancer, and this year, families of
FDNY’s 343 and 181.
“Camelback Resort serves over 1.6 million guests annually, and while for
many years we also served the local community through Camelback’s Big
Give, we saw the opportunity to make an even greater impact by launching
Camelback Gives Back,” said Brian Czarnecki, President COO. “And for
those who made the ultimate sacrifice, it’s not just about one day. We
will continue to work with the FDNY Foundation to deliver memorable
resort-wide experiences throughout 2019.”
To help increase awareness for the FDNY Foundation and the Family
Assistance Unit, their story, as captured while at Camelback Resort, is
airing on all of the major New York networks’ 6PM evening news, from Dec
3rd to Dec 7th 2019.
For more information, visit: https://www.camelbackresort.com/adventures/camelback-gives-back/.
About FDNY Foundation:
The FDNY Foundation, established in 1981, is the official not-for-profit
organization of the New York City Fire Department. Its mission is to
promote fire and life safety education and help the FDNY better protect
New York. The FDNY Foundation funds awareness and outreach programs for
the public, training and support for FDNY members and assists in
providing the technology and equipment that helps keep the FDNY the
premiere Fire Department in the world.
About Camelback Resort
Camelback Resort continues to reinvent itself since opening in 1963 with
14 trails and 3 lifts serving 41,656 skiers. Today, Camelback serves
more than 1.6 million outdoor enthusiasts and visitors annually with 38
trails, 16 lifts and USA’s largest snowtubing park (with an
out-of-this-world “Galactic” light experience) Camelback Mountain
Adventures (featuring PA’s only mountain coaster and North America’s
longest twin 4,000-foot Zip-Flyers), Camelbeach Waterpark (PA’s largest
outdoor waterpark) and Camelback Lodge Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark,
voted USA Today’s 2018 #1 Indoor Waterpark. For more information, to
purchase season passes, view live webcams, and to check schedule and
operating hours visit: www.camelbackresort.com.