Camp Nubar Celebrates 45 Years of Memories and Friendship

Camp_Nubar_45_Anniv_03 (Small) October 2008–On September 13, over 200 guests from several generations
gathered in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood to celebrate Camp Nubar’s
45th anniversary. The affair was held at the trendy downtown
Mediterranean restaurant, Thalassa, where guests enjoyed time with camp
friends while they sampled an array of Greek delicacies and European wines.
Pictures from 1963 down to the present were scattered about the room in
displays specially prepared for the event. A wide array of silent
auction prizes, including restaurant gift certificates, designer
couture, a flat-screen television, a diamond ring and sports tickets,
were available for bidding by guests. Various camp alumni even created
artwork in honor of the event to be raffled as prizes. For many, it is
said, once the Camp Nubar spirit is part of you it never leaves.
For most guests, the highlight of the evening was time spent with
friends both old and new, while reliving memories from summers at camp.
“The 45th-anniversary event was a great success! It gave me a chance to
reconnect with my ‘Camp Nubar family,'” said former camper and counselor
Rob Eden. “There were many people I hadn’t seen in over 10 years, and we
had a chance to relive memories which I’ve never forgotten.”
Campers and counselors, both young and old, told stories, remembered the
past and talked with excitement about the camp’s future. Some families
were represented at the event with three generations of Camp Nubar
alumni.
“The event spanned generations–grandparents, baby-boomers and the
younger set—all came together to celebrate our beautiful camp,” said
Andrea Halejian, whose mother, mother-in-law, husband and children all
attended the anniversary celebration. “Many memories were recalled
because for so many of us, our early camp days established friendships
we still enjoy today.”
As friends gathered, the evening proved to be a great success and the
money raised from the silent auction and commemorative booklet will go
towards purchasing a new motor boat and making repairs on several cabins
in time for the 2009 season.
“For many people, their closest and dearest friendships began at Camp
Nubar and have lasted four decades,” said committee chairman Mardi
Merjian. “It is a pleasure for all of us to give back to the same place
where it started and we take pride knowing that it is still going strong
and constantly improving.”
The next Camp Nubar event will be a winter reunion (details to follow).
Pictures from Thalassa are available for viewing online at
www.campnubar.org.

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