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As many as 15 underprivileged kids could now be able to attend YMCA Camp Silver Beach this summer, thanks to the fundraising efforts of Professor Doug Kennedy’s “Management of Recreation and Leisure Studies” class. Fourteen students, broken into groups, raised $6,755 this semester as part of the “Send a Kid to Camp” fund. The groups organized various fundraising activities, including a benefit dinner at Lynnhaven Fish House and the “Tis the Season 5K Dash” at First Landing State Park. Students also raised money by raking leaves, performing roof work and pitching their cause to local organizations. The class presented an oversized check to representatives from the YMCA of South Hampton Roads on Wednesday, who responded with gratitude and appreciation for VWC’s involvement in the community. “The reality is that people are extremely generous,” said Executive Director Danny Vestal. “If you share a story that can make a difference for a child or a family, it’s really amazing how generous people are with their time, their talents, and their money.” Since its inception in 2003, the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department’s “Send a Kid to Camp” fund has raised over $46,000 and helped send more than 75 children to YMCA Camp Silver Beach. For more information about College community service initiatives, visit