Release:  Upon receipt (distributed June 20, 2013)
Contact:   Donald G. Bennett, Jr., President and CEO, Campground Owners of New York

       585-586-4360 (office) 

Campground Owners of New York raising funds for Camp Good Days and Special Times
Fundraising effort to benefit children with cancer now in its second year

Pittsford, New York – Campground Owners of New York (CONY), a trade association of privately owned campgrounds in New York State, announces it is kicking off a second year of fundraising to benefit Camp Good Days and Special Times, a New York State-based organization providing camping experiences to children with cancer.

CONY-affiliated campgrounds and RV Parks across New York are participating in this fundraiser. All proceeds raised by CONY member parks are donated directly to Camp Good Days and Special Times during ceremonies held at CONY’s annual Exposition and Trade Show in November.

According to CONY’s President and CEO Donald Bennett, Jr., the first year was very successful, and the association is looking to exceed last year’s donation amount.

"We were amazed that in our first year CONY member parks raised well over $43,000 for Camp Good Days, far exceeding our expectations. It was overwhelming.” Bennett said. “Now, knowing what we’re capable of, we’re setting a fundraising goal of $50,000 to align with the fact that CONY is celebrating 50 years as an association this year. It will make us proud to achieve that goal and do great things for the kids of Camp Good Days.”

Marketing & Communications Director Suzanne Bixby said CONY members are raising funds in a variety of ways, big and small.

"During the summer camping season, CONY campgrounds and RV parks are displaying change-collection jars, selling t-shirts and paper balloons, and hosting fundraising events such as raffles, dances, barbeques, walks, and more,” Bixby said. “Last year proved that any effort, whether it brings in five dollars or five hundred dollars, really adds up and makes a difference.”

For more information about CONY’s summer fundraiser efforts for Camp Good Days and Special Times, including updates on fundraising events at participating campgrounds, follow CONY at, or contact the CONY office at (585) 586-436 and To plan a summer camping vacation, visit

For more information about Camp Good Days and Special Times, go to

Campground Owners of New York (CONY), founded in 1963, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year! CONY, headquartered in Pittsford, N.Y., is an association dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York State. More information about the association and its campgrounds – including a free camping directory - is available at and

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