By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
The Rutledge City Council unanimously voted to declared the dates of Jun. 22 through July 4 “Celebrations of Camp Sunshine Rutledge” weeks in honor of the camp’s 32nd anniversary. “They do such wonderful work,” said Brenda Thompson, city council member. “How could we not make this proclamation?” Camp Sunshine has been serving children who have or had cancer since 1983 throughout the state of Georgia. Camp sunshine provides year-round programming with a flagship event held for two weeks in Rutledge at Camp Twin Lakes where it has been since 1993.
At this year’s summer program, the camp expects over 400 children and more than 250 volunteers to participate. Thompson encouraged the rest of the council to attend the proclamation ceremony on June 22 and noted that Rutledge Mayor James Bratcher, who is still on leave after having a minor stroke last month, is planning to attend to show his support for Camp Sunshine. “This is a good thing to have. And we should show our appreciation,” said Thompson.