Giving Back to Sonlight
Gifts may be given to Sonlight in memory or honor of a loved one. Sonlight will send a note to the family to let them know of your thoughtfulness. Funds will be used as directed by the family.
Gifts given to Sonlight in memory of Kelsey McLean is a significant way to remember the light and love of Kelsey and continue the impact of her life.
All contributions are tax-deductible. Sonlight Camp is a 501(c)3 organization
The Impact of Memorial Gifts
Gifts donated in memory of someone will make Sonlight a better place. These donations may be used to fund a special project or set aside to permanently endow a camper scholarship as the family wishes. For a conversation about a gift in memory of a loved one contact Winston Marugg, Executive Director 970.264.4379.
July 1992 – August 2015
Light and love, Kelsey will be remembered by her shine and brightness. She had a love of adventure, all things outdoors, her friends and family. Kelsey was a Sonlight camper from 3rd grade through high school, then a counselor, Program Leader, speaker, photographer and volunteer. There is no measure of her impact on campers and staff. She was intentional in her concern for others and her willingness to give freely of who she was. She is deeply missed.
September 2, 1917 – March 7, 2015
Elinor (Mary’s mom) requested that Sonlight be designated as one of the organizations for memorial donations. Elinor was involved with Sonlight from the very start. She faithfully came to every barn raising (building weekend) and believed in all that Sonlight was about. As she requested, a donation may be made to Sonlight in her memory. These donations will be put in the Endowment, to establish an Elinor Winchester scholarship fund permanently funding scholarships each year. Our tribute to Elinor and a legacy that she leaves.
April 1947 – September 2014
Paul was best defined by his dedication and involvement in his family and friends. All who knew him were touched by the generous way that he gave of his time. He had a heart for people and a clear understanding of what was important in life. His generous gift of time and his friendship extended to Sonlight as he spent many hours in lending a hand with projects and maintenance. He was characterized by his compassion, humility, patience and thoughtfulness, and he is dearly missed by his Sonlight friends.
October 25, 1947 – January 9, 2014
Devoted husband, father and friend. Jack is remembered by his sense of humor and his curiosity for solving any sort of problem. Jack worked most of his career at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM in the field of IT and cyber security. He earned his PhD in electrical engineering.
Jack spent many years at Sonlight as a volunteer counselor. His son Scott was a camper, and the physical limitations that came muscular dystrophy required the assistance of Dad for Scott to fully participate in camp. In Jack’s honor Keith and Stephanie Hudson (son and daughter-in-law) contributed funds for “Jack’s Shack” A Waterproof Recreational Equipment and Tool Storage Facility in Memory of a Great Counselor and Father.”
November, 1948 – February 2013
His daughters were Sonlight campers, and when he passed away it was fitting that memorial funds be designated for Sonlight Camp. A builder of the highest skill, it was said that you could tell a Jerry Buckley home in the Pagosa area because of it’s quality, and Jerry’s attention to detail. He loved his family and his friends. With an eye for detail and beauty, Jerry took pride in his home and the outside landscaping. It is fitting that Sonlight used memorial funds to beautify “Jerry’s Lawn”, the area in front of the nurses trailer.
1935 – 2010
An engineer at the National Lab in Los Alamos, Ted loved all things maintenance. While attending a Men’s Retreat at Sonlight with the United Church of Los Alamos, New Mexico he spent some time with Winston discussing the need for ongoing maintenance and upkeep for facility. He was familiar with the mission and impact on United Church youth over the years, his son Matt was a counselor in 1986 and 87. Ted had hoped to be able to help with some projects at camp, but did not get to do so because of health issues. Before passing away, Ted indicated he would like to support Sonlight and help continue the opportunity to provide the christian youth camping experience.
Ted had been active in the United Church Youth program through the years as a Sunday School teacher-4th grade, Jr. High and High School. He and his wife Dorothy had also sponsored Sr. high and college age youth groups, been United Church Christian Camp counselors at Beaver Creek, South Fork, Colorado. Ted enjoyed the outdoors and after retirement enjoyed hiking with his black lab Kate.
Norm was probably the biggest fan of Sonlight, contributing since the very beginning. “Winchester Cathedral” is familiar to us all. Norm is Mary’s Dad, and those who knew him will remember him saying “It’s the best camp ever”.
Norm was known for his cheerful determination to not be defined by his bout with polio. He helped with the construction of the Lodge, Cathedral and cabins at Sonlight, pounding spikes and fixing the tools we broke. It is fitting that funds donated in memory of Norm will allow more kids to come to Sonlight, and experience the mountains he loved so much.
Scott was a friend and a camper for years. Muscular Dystrophy didn’t slow him down, and he scooted all over camp in his wheelchair. Early on, we built a bridge across the seasonal creek, so he could get to the outdoor chapel and teams course. Scott was the brains behind some of our Teams Course elements — Hudsons Pegs, and Scotts Knots. We miss him. His infectious smile, his humor and his gracious spirit. Summer 2009, Charlie Mozisek built “Scott’s Spot”. A delightful place to sit, enjoy the spinning chairs, find a geocache or just hang out with friends.
Mom’s are always the most amazing sources of support, and Ginny was no different. The mom of Jan, one of our staff members, Ginny visited Sonlight a few times and helped in the kitchen. Her love of cooking and entertaining inspired us to use funds donated in her memory to build “Ginny’s Grill”, the deck next to the lodge where we grill, pack lunches, serve pizza and philly cheesesteaks.
After Ginny’s first visit to Sonlight, she knew Sonlight was a special place where kids were shown God. Ginny’s strong faith and “a day at a time” motto enriched her family and friends. Ginny was generous with her kindness and encouragement and we will miss her, along with her warm and gracious smile.