KBA North America Supports Children’s Camp Sept. 29, 2003: Williston, Vt.: KBA North America, a leading sheetfed offset press manufacturer based in Williston, Vermont, is announcing its support of Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, a camp for children between the ages of 7-17 who have or have had cancer. The camp, which was founded in 1984, is open for Vermont children and out-of-state children who are treated in Vermont for one week in August each year. KBA North America printed the camp’s 70-page full-color saddle-stitched 2002 yearbook of the children and the staff pro bono, along with a donation from the John LeClair Foundation and Ben & Jerry’s.
“We appreciate the yearbook so much,” says Ted Kessler, camp director, who founded the camp with his wife Debby Kessler and Camp Medical Director Sheara Billado. “It gives our camp children and their families a memory of their very special week. When we pick the children up at the hospital, that’s the last time they have communication with their families until the end of the week. The yearbook allows the families to see the activities and the fun they’ve had all week long.”
The yearbook was printed at KBA North America’s nearby headquarters in Williston, Vt. on its six-color Rapida 105 41” sheetfed press with coater. Five hundred yearbooks were printed and distributed to every child, every family, every staff member, and at fundraisers throughout the year. The yearbooks, which have been published for the past 14 years, are comprised of photos from the camp week of each day’s theme and all the children and volunteers. The photos are then taken by Debby Kessler and another board member to Ben & Jerry’s Design Department, where the books are laid out and readied for printing. Not only does Ben & Jerry’s Design Department lend a hand, but staffers from the Vermont-based ice cream company volunteer to serve food at the camp’s prom night.
“We are quite pleased to be able to support Camp Ta-Kum-Ta,” says Ralf Sammeck, KBA North America’s President and CEO. “This is a special camp for special children. By printing this yearbook for them, it allows us to give them another memory from their stay at Camp Ta-Kum-Ta.”
Camp Ta-Kum-Ta is an independent and self-sustaining organization financed completely through private donations and fundraising. With an all volunteer staff, Ta-Kum-Ta accepts all of its children tuition-free. It is held on the spacious grounds of Camp Holy Cross in Colchester, Vermont, just outside of the state’s largest city of Burlington. The camp offers traditional programs such as swimming, athletics, ropes course, arts and crafts, and music, and such unique programs such as boat rides and lakeside cookouts with the Vermont State Police, dance parties aboard the cruise ship The Spirit of Ethan Allen II, rock climbing expeditions, and theme carnivals. In 2003, 61 children attended the camp along with 85 volunteer staff members.
KBA North America is a leading supplier of sheetfed offset and
digital presses located in Williston, Vermont. It is a member of the KBA
Group, a leader in the manufacture of sheetfed, web-fed, and digital presses worldwide. For further information, please visit www.kba-print.com.
For anyone wishing to donate to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, please contact Ted Kessler, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, P.O. Box 576, Waterbury, Vt. 05676, 802-244-8701.