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FLIPs: in the light to host daycamp

Brock Calabrese is a young man who found his passion early in life- in fact, he was only 4 when he first attended the FLIPs: in the Light daycamp program and played a villain in the original pirate musical “Avast!”. Brock has a goal of raising $500 for his favorite group, Finger Lakes Inch-high Players (FLIPs), which will be used to sponsor kids who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend theatre daycamp.Brock’s mom Krista is also an avid fan of the program. She sent Kim Brown, executive director, a message early in March asking if she and Brock could start a fundraising campaign that involved selling candy bars from her desk and collecting bottles and cans. “At that time, Brock’s goal was $200, but we reached that mark so easily we decided to up the ante.” She is spending her weekends doing at- home pick-ups of bottle and can donations.FLIPs executive director and founder, Kim Brown, was touched by the request. “Every year we scrape together enough to fund 5 or 6 kids through scholarship, but this donation will be a healthy addition to help offset the cost. I hate to turn anyone away, especially those who have a desire to participate in theatre but also have a demonstrated economic need.”Finger Lakes Inch-high Players is a local youth theatre company. Founded in 2008, FLIPs believes in theatre as a tool for active and analytical learning that explores the process of technique, development, team-based artistic creation, and the empowerment of youth through performance opportunities. This focus enables them to support area youth in developing their team building, communication, and artistic skills while creating a sense of positive self- image and accomplishment. FLIPs: in the Light is the daycamp portion of the program and accepts kids leaving kindergarten through 5th grade. This summer the show will be “We are Monsters” (Book, Music and Lyrics by Denver Casado & Betina Hershey). Camp is led by director Tasha Page and staffed by area high school and college students. The program is located at the Seneca Falls Elks Club under the pavilion and it runs from July 5-July 22. More information regarding time, cost and registration can be found on the website www.InchHighPlayers.org or by going on Facebook and searching “FLIPs: in the Light”. Fliers will also be available through the elementary schools. Bottle and can pick-up can be arranged by texting or calling 315-576-3233 and leaving your name, address and the WEEKEND day and time you would like them picked up. You can also leave a message on the Facebook group.

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