PHILANTHROPIST STEPHEN CORMAN, NEW ORLEANS’ RAPHAEL VILLAGE TO BE CELEBRATED AT 2018 CAMPHILL FOUNDATION ANNUAL GALA IN NEW YORK

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PHILANTHROPIST STEPHEN CORMAN, NEW ORLEANS’ RAPHAEL VILLAGE TO BE CELEBRATED AT 2018 CAMPHILL FOUNDATION ANNUAL GALA IN NEW YORK

Event Will Recognize Contributions to Camphill’s Work and Raise Funds for Lifesharing Communities

Chestnut Ridge, NY, April 16, 2018 ​—​ ​The work of philanthropist Stephen Corman and New Orleans-based lifesharing community Raphael Village will be celebrated during Camphill Foundation’s 2018 Annual Gala on May 3rd. Camphill Foundation’s marquee event, the Gala honors those who have expanded access to Camphill’s lifesharing model of care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, while raising funds for grants that support the needs of Camphill communities.

2018 Honoree Stephen Corman will be recognized for his commitment to supporting the education and training of future generations of coworkers, the long- and short-term volunteers who live and work in Camphill communities. Corman joined Camphill Foundation’s major donor honor roll after visiting Triform Camphill Community, Camphill Ghent, and Camphill Hudson in New York’s Hudson River Valley in 2016.

While sharing lunch with community members, Corman was impressed with the dedication demonstrated by volunteer coworkers. Corman made a $50,000 multi-year gift to Camphill Academy to fund coworker training and development. He has since expanded his support of Camphill, describing it as an important part of his philanthropic portfolio.

“I am committed to supporting initiatives that foster knowledge, skills, and motivation to make the world a better place through education and compassionate care for others,” said Stephen Corman. “Camphill’s lifesharing approach—profoundly simple and refreshingly kind—ticks these boxes. I am impressed by the power of Camphill communities to improve the lives of people of all abilities.”

A retired employee of IBM Corporation and longtime resident of Stamford, Connecticut, Corman is a dedicated philanthropist and volunteer. His financial contributions, commitment to advocacy, and efforts to inspire others to give have been transformative to the organizations he supports, including Camphill Foundation, Greenwich Hospital, and the Appalachian Mountain Club Harriman Outdoor Center. Corman also supports five children in Kenya in their secondary and university educations through Education for All Children.

The 2018 Annual Gala will also celebrate Raphael Village, the newest Camphill affiliate, and its efforts to increase access to needed services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Orleans. Raphael Academy was founded in 2012 as an after-school program for students with autism spectrum disorder, Down syndrome, and other disabilities. It has since expanded to support differently-abled individuals across the life cycle as Raphael Village, a lifesharing community that follows the Camphill model.

“We are proud to welcome this outstanding community to the circle of Camphill communities and affiliates,” said Shelley Burtt, Executive Director of Camphill Foundation. “Over the past six years, Raphael Village has transformed its organization. It has also transformed opportunities for children, adolescents, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.”

Camphill Foundation’s 2018 Annual Gala will be held at Tribeca 360° located at 10 Desbrosses Street, New York. It will feature awards presentations, a silent auction, and a performance by the Heartbeet Camphill Community Choir from Heartbeet Lifesharing, a Camphill community in Hardwick, Vermont.

Tickets to the Camphill Foundation Annual Gala are available for $350. Sponsorships are available at four levels: Community Partner ($5,000), Community Sustainer ($10,000), Community Benefactor ($15,000), and Community Builder ($25,000). Visit www.camphillfoundation.org/gala to purchase tickets or request sponsorship details.

The 2017 Camphill Foundation Gala was attended by approximately 300 Camphill Foundation friends, family members, and supporters. It raised more than $285,000 for Camphill Foundation’s grantmaking program.

About Camphill Foundation

Founded in 1966 to support two fledgling Camphill communities in New York and Pennsylvania, Camphill Foundation has grown dramatically over the past five decades. Today, its mission is to grow, strengthen and safeguard the Camphill movement at 16 Camphill communities and affiliates in the United States and Canada. Camphill Foundation primarily accomplishes this mission by providing strategic grants and low-interest loans that help grow and sustain the Camphill movement. Visit www.camphillfoundation.org for more information.

About the Camphill Movement

Camphill is a worldwide movement of vibrant lifesharing communities that provide a unique model of care for persons with special needs. The Camphill movement draws inspiration from the principles of anthroposophy. In valuing the profound significance of each human being, practicing the art of daily living, and emphasizing mindfulness of man’s responsibility to the earth, the Camphill movement offers a model of renewal for the wider society. Learn more about the Camphill movement and Camphill communities in North America at the Camphill Association of North America’s website at www.camphill.org.

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