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New York Life Foundation Grants $600,000 To The Moyer Foundation To Expand Camp Erin


Grant Helps Camps For Grieving Children Expand To Nine New Sites

NEW YORK, N.Y., May 5, 2009 – The New York Life Foundation announced that The Moyer Foundation was awarded a three–year $600,000 grant to help with the nationwide expansion of Camp Erin, its bereavement camps for youth. The grant provides funding for nine additional Camp Erin locations serving nearly 2,000 children ages 6-17, in 2009.

“We believe that no child should grieve alone. With the support from the New York Life Foundation, Camp Erin will be offered in more communities across the country and provide more grieving children the help they need,” said Gary Pollock, Executive Director of The Moyer Foundation.

The death of a loved one is one of the most stressful events a child can face and unfortunately it is not a rare occurrence. One in seven children experiences the loss of a parent, sibling or close relative by the age of 10.1

Experts have shown that bereaved children, without the benefit of a healthy support system, are at risk. In fact, one child in five who have experienced the death of a parent is likely to develop psychiatric disorders.2 In the year following bereavement, children commonly display grief and distress; and emotional and behavior difficulties are often reported.3 In addition, studies show that youth who experience the sudden death of a parent report significantly more depressive, anxious, and disruptive behaviors than their non-bereaved peers.4

“We are proud to help Camp Erin offer more children nationwide the proper environment and resources they need during a time of overwhelming sorrow,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “Camp Erin provides children suffering a loss with the necessary skills and tools they need to begin the healing process.”

Currently, there are 28 camps in 18 states. Camp Erin is a weekend-long camp experience filled with traditional, fun, outdoor activities combined with grief education and emotional support. Bereavement professionals, licensed counselors and trained volunteers lead age appropriate groups through clinical bereavement activities such as art therapy, journaling, planned discussions and remembrance ceremonies. These activities give grieving youth the opportunity to process and validate their feelings while interacting with peers also dealing with loss.

The Moyer Foundation, established in 2000 by Major League Baseball All–Star and World Series pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen, has a goal of establishing more than 50 camps around the country including one Camp Erin in every Major League Baseball city.

“Children inspire us every day to do what we do at The Moyer Foundation,” said co–founder Jamie Moyer. “Baseball gives me the opportunity to do what I do, but strong community involvement allows us to continue to expand Camp Erin to address this need and help more children. Working together with local communities and sponsors like New York Life, we can make a difference in the lives of grieving children and teens across the country.”

The Moyer Foundation teams up with local hospitals, hospice organizations and grief counseling organizations in the communities where the camps are established. Along with support from companies, community leaders, individuals and other foundations, The Moyer Foundation funds these camps for a minimum of ten years, ensuring the Camp Erin program becomes an important part of community healing and growth.

The New York Life Foundation supported Camp Erin programs in select cities including:

Click here for more information about Camp Erin in Anchorage, Alaska

Click here for more information about Camp Erin in Albany, NY

Click here for more information about Camp Erin in Chicago, IL

Click here for more information about Camp Erin in Cleveland, OH

Click here for more information about Camp Erin in Detroit, MI

Click here for more information about Camp Erin in Seattle, WA

Click here for more information about Camp Erin in Minneapolis, MN

About The Moyer Foundation

The Moyer Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2000 by Major League All–Star pitcher, Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. The Foundation's mission is to provide comfort and support to children enduring a time of profound physical, emotional or financial distress. With the community's support, The Moyer Foundation has raised over $16 million to assist more than 170 different programs that serve the needs of children in distress. In addition to supporting organizations through grants, The Moyer Foundation created and funds Camp Erin, the largest national network of bereavement camps for children and teens; Camp Mariposa, for children affected by addiction in their families; and funds several community initiatives such as The Gregory Fund –– for early cancer–detection research, in partnership with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The Moyer Foundation raises funds through many special events, corporate partners and individual donors. For more information and to get involved go to

About The New York Life Foundation

The New York Life Foundation is the major vehicle through which New York Life Insurance Company channels contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. Through its Nurturing the Children initiative, the Foundation supports organizations, programs and services that target young people, particularly in the areas of mentoring, safe places to learn and grow, educational enhancement opportunities and childhood bereavement. Since 1979, the New York Life Foundation has donated more than $110 million to national and local nonprofit organizations.

Please visit the Foundation’s Web site at

1 The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas, 2005 (accessed June 17, 2008) available from
2 Dowdney, Linda. (2000). Annotation: Childhood Bereavement Following Parental Death. The Journal of Child Psychology and Allied Disciplines, 41, pp 819-830
4Thompson, M.P., Kaslow, N.J., Kingree, J.B., King, M., Bryant, L., & Rey, M. (1998). Psychological symptomatology following parental death in predominately minority sample of children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 27(4), 434-441


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