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Winter 2017 Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation Newsletter

“At camp, when children make new friends, explore the world around them and learn that “I can” is much more powerful than “I can’t”, magic happens. ~American Camp Association

Looking Forward to a 2018 Full of Promise and Progress!

Malay Pointe Fire Circle

With a final design approved and necessary funding in place, the Foundation is very happy to share that work has begun to complete the long anticipated Malay Pointe Fire Circle. A large accessible campfire area was often championed by past Foundation President, Jim Malay. Accordingly, the

Malay Pointe Fire Circle project was initiated to honor the leadership and many contributions that Jim and the extended Malay family have afforded Timber Pointe

Outdoor Center through the years. Situated on Malay Pointe, directly across the lake from

the Malay home and adjacent to Woods Center, the 30 foot diameter fire circle will include paved surfaces and a large raised fire pit. Rustic stone, earth toned pavers and a concrete walkway will blend nicely into the wooded setting making Malay Pointe a wonderful and

accessible setting for campfires, sing-a-longs, requisite s’more sessions and much more.

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center's Leadership Team

Since 1996, the Foundation partnered with donors, volunteers and the staff at Timber Pointe to constantly improve Timber Pointe facilities and provide critical resources. As 2017 comes to a close the Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation’s Board is looking forward to supporting Timber Pointe Outdoor Center’s incoming leadership team to build on the Center’s rich history of providing life changing experiences and support of those with disabilities and special needs.

Allen McBride- Camp Director

Allen is from College Station, Texas where he and his wife, Anna, have raised three children:

Wyatt-5, Weslie-2, and Waylon-4 months. Allen received a B.S. in Recreation, Park, & Tourism Sciences from Texas A&M University. While attending university he discovered his passion for serving those with special needs and challenging illnesses. For twelve years Allen has worked in the field of special needs camping at Camp For All in Burton Texas. Over the years Allen has worked with campers affected by muscular dystrophy, Down syndrome,

autism, Tourette syndrome, cancer, HIV, severe burns, epilepsy, and more. Most recently Allen launched a hospital outreach program, Camp For All 2U, bringing traditional camp activities like canoeing, archery, and fishing to children in the hospital who, due to their medical needs, were unable to attend camp.

Ryan Shields- Facilities Manager

Ryan has been working professionally in the field of property maintenance for over 15 years. Most recently, he worked as a part of the plant operations staff at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center

in Danville, Illinois. Prior to this, Ryan worked as an independent property maintenance contractor in Danville for over 4 years. Ryan earned his Associates degree in Landscape Design, Construction and

Maintenance from Parkland College. Prior to that, he had earned a separate Associates degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Danville Area Community College. He also

earned his Eagle Scout rank with the Boy Scouts of America. Ryan has been married to his wife Heather for 13 years.

The Timber Pointe Foundation’s Board is redoubling its efforts in order to ensure adequate resources are in place to continue

and build upon the legacy that the Foundation, our donors and partners created over the past two decades. Please consider partnering with us in the year ahead by making a gift to the Foundation in the form of an unrestricted gift or in support of one of the Foundation’s named endowment funds.

Changed Lives... An Enduring Legacy

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