Barton Center for Diabetes Education Receives $300,000 Gift
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc. has announced that the late Brooks H. Carpenter, formerly of Morgan Hill, Calif., has made a $300,000 legacy donation to Barton’s campership endowment fund, the largest personal donation ever made to the fund.
Brooks Carpenter’s brother and estate executor, Gordon A. Carpenter, Esq., of West Yarmouth, presented the donation. The funds will be earmarked to help children attend the organization’s resident, day and adventure camp programs, which motivate and inspire confidence in young people with Type One diabetes, while helping them to manage their disease.
Brooks Carpenter was the son of Beatrice B. Carpenter. Mrs. Carpenter was a member of the Women’s National Missionary Association of the Universalist Church, which founded the Clara Barton Camp for Girls with Diabetes in 1932, shortly after the discovery of insulin.
Brooks Carpenter, originally from Rhode Island, moved to California in the 1960s after serving honorably as an officer in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era. He was in the insurance industry for more than 30 years. He visited his family in Massachusetts annually and, on each occasion, made a trip to Clara Barton Camp, where he witnessed the Barton Camp experience.
“We are very grateful that the Carpenter family has actively supported The Barton Center and its programs for decades, serving on the board and advising staff on countless issues,” said Board Chairman, Thomas C. Lynch.
“The Carpenter family negotiated the transfer of the deed to the Clara Barton farmstead property from the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation to The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc. to ensure its continued purpose. This $300, 000 donation adds to a true legacy of commitment to our mission.”
About The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc.
The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc. is one of the largest, independent camping and educational programs in the country dedicated to children who live with diabetes and the people who care for them. The Barton Center is a year-round camp, retreat, and conference center where learning and shared experiences combine to support and motivate children and families. More than 2,000 children and their families participate in our programs annually, including the Clara Barton Resident Camp for girls, Camp Joslin for boys, coed Adventure Programs, Family Programs, and coed Day Camps in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. The Barton Center for Diabetes Education, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
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