Since 1998, Friends of Hog Island has acted primarily as an alumni recruitment organization, building up a data base of some 2300 names. FOHI has also prioritized production of our newsletter, Across the Narrows, which allows us to keep in touch with former campers and staff.
But with the arrival last spring of an energetic new development director at Maine Audubon, Ginger Jones, we are now formulating some creative plans through which our two organizations can collaborate on some serious fundraising to benefit the Audubon Camp.
A first major step was allocation in June 2002 of FOHI funds for the purchase of the new Queen Mary dock and for the printing of an Audubon Camp brochure.
On September 8, 2002, FOHI founders Bart and Ginny Cadbury, with some of the MAS staff and FOHI leadership team, hosted a cocktail cruise at Hog Island for 62 local friends and neighbors. This outreach effort has generated about $1,600 in contributions so far, with more expected as folks consider their annual year-end giving.
The FOHI development committee is currently assessing a master fund-raising plan as well as working on a protocol for future FOHI joint endeavors with MAS.