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"Can Achieve Maximum Potential"

c.a.m.p. university

N O V E M B E R 2 0 2 2


C.A.M.P. University provides opportunities for adults with special needs to

continue developing interests as well as life, social, and job skills so that they

Can Achieve their Maximum Potential. C.A.M.P. University also provides

respite and support for their families.

From the Board

Celia Thrash

C.A.M.P. Board Chairwoman (Incoming January 2023)

Tell me why can't a special needs graduate from high school not be able to flourish and

grow in our community? Without an alternative, many of these young adults end up staying

in nursing homes or sitting at home watching TV eight hours a day. Families become broken

because of the stress. Many parents are forced to give up jobs in order to stay home and

care for their loved one. It is a difficult situation. Fortunately, C.A.M.P. University was

founded especially to answer that need, and answer it, it did!

Since 2007, C.A.M.P. has, little by little, grown and established itself as a serious alternative

for those special needs graduates. We have a terrific building, renovated to help assist and

engage our "CAMPers." Since most of them learn differently, or lack skills to adapt to life's

challenges, our inventive staff involves them in special programs, activities, and studies so

they can flourish. For instance, CAMPers just worked on a play, "Beauty and the Beast, Jr."

Remember the book, "It Takes a Village?" It never rang so true as with C.A.M.P. University.

We are the village. With very small scale public funding, and relying chiefly on the

generosity of the community, C.A.M.P. can always use a helping hand--whatever that may

be. Whether you have the ability to volunteer or donate, help us help them thrive and grow.

Board of Directors

Ford Sasser

Thomas Davidson

Pace Erbstoesser

Rick Guerra

Rick Hernandez

Sonny Hildreth

Bruce Kroeker

Jason Leal

Brian Lewis

Patrick Moore

Mike Overly

Abbie Sasser


VickI Skaggs

C.A.M.P. Staff

Pam Voss

Executive Director

Brenda Munoz

Lead Teacher

Ben Smith

Erika Garza

Teacher Aide

Celia Thrash

Tiffany Miller

Director of Education

Reagan Loughry

Marketing Director

Nayla Gonzalez

Teacher Aide

Contact Us

C.A.M.P. University

P.O. Box 2294

McAllen, TX 78502



what's up at c.A.M.p.?


01 Red Day - Keller Williams at CAMPU

02 HiWay Neon Signs Helps With a Face Lift



Birthdays and Unbirthdays


Everyday Goodness



#GivingTuesday - 11/29/22

06 CAMPU + Capable Kids - 12/10/22

07 End of Year Giving - 12/31/22


C.A.M.P. University celebrates so many

moments of joy and blessing from 2022.

The teachers continue to enliven the

curriculum presented to CAMPers and we

have been able to sprinkle in field trips,

"like Old C.A.M.P." Pictured on the left is

our first outing in 2+ years.

Spring + Summer 2022


enjoyed IMAS' offerings of tactile

materials and a make-your-own-alienspaceship

craft. We're continuing to

ramp up our computer lab to enhance

hands-on learning with appropriate

software. The Spring and Summer

months also saw an abundance of

volunteers referred and sponsored by the

Valley Baptist Missions Education Center,

through their Director, and C.A.M.P.

advocate, Eli Lara. We honor and thank

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, First

Baptist Church Georgetown and

Westbury Baptist Church for serving us

with both labor and in quality time with

our CAMPers. Kike is featured directly

below working on kindness rocks. First

United Methodist Church, under the

supervision of Pastor Laura, Director of

Children's and Discipleship Ministries,

Lee Ann Clemons, and CAMPer mom,


Donna Gibson, helped Kike and the whole class during Kingdom Camp. Looking

ahead, Special Olympics South Texas (SOTX) has opened up in-person play and

therefore we're practicing Bocce & Bowling for Fall meets. The season also speeds up

with a cluster of events including our annual Talent Show, a play date C.A.M.P. is

hosting for Capable Kids, and our #GivingTuesday2022 outreaches that will include

hosting a canned food drive plus other service projects within our means.


if you can't take the heat...

We have been headed toward (and achieving) a long-term goal of

more life skill independence, including kitchen skills, for our students.

In the past year, through both #GivingTuesday and 'A Night at the

Races,' our loyal supporters have helped fundraise for getting C.A.M.P.'s

kitchen safe, properly equipped with a stove, and ready for action.

Here's a little "foretaste" of the continued cooking we are teaching our


Top Right: Monica and Markus

Chop Cilantro (a first for one of


Top Left: "Sister Act" at C.A.M.P.

Mid Left: Roxy Mixes Maiz

Middle: Ivy, Armando, Chuy &

Carolyn Have Hats & Treats

Bottom Left: Mark Makes the Meat

Bottom Right: Elias, a Stylin' Chef

Newest Face at C.A.M.P.

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Nayla Gonzalez is a new staff

Teacher Aide. She joins

C.A.M.P. with both experience

as a UTRGV Intern in

Rehabilitative Services and

with student teaching

experience in local PK- 12

schools including special

education units. Nayla says

she "loves the sense of

community that is built

among the CAMPers," and

that, "being able to witness

and be a part of their

interactions makes me very

happy, especially when I am

seeing them bond with one

another and build long term

friendships." We heartily

welcome Nayla!

Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners

success at the races!

In other news, C.A.M.P. is happy to report on the triumphs that all you, our friends and partners, have

helped create through our signature 'A Night at the the Races' gala. We are happy to announce next year

we'll be back, in person, at the McAllen Convention Center, Tuesday, May 2, 2023. You can already

"save the date" and contribute auction items at NATR23.GiveSmart.Com Read on to see, at a glance, the

success stats from the 2022 Night at the Races event.

Derby Deliciousness

We had committed "Watch

Parties" stylishly celebrate with

20+ different host sites

S.A.L.T. catered by Chef Larry

250+ DIY Cocktail Kits handed

out to our party goers

The Races & Reggie

Former NFL Pro Reggie Rivers

helped emcee again for a winning

event. We saw action from:

279+ Devices Tuned In

108+ Bidders and 814 Bids

1,383 minutes of viewing time

122% of Goal Raised

Our goal was to raise $150,000

and, together, we all exceeded it!

Auction Items ~ $55,562

Tickets ~ $69.810

Donations ~ $53,140

a tremendous " Thank You" to the Night at the Races Committee


Pictured: Abbie Sasser, Lindy Patton, Deena Davidson, Kandy Reed, Katie Hoffman, Cindy Leal

Not Pictured: Lisa Conque, Rosie Herrera, Mallory Latham,Tricia Reavis, Susan Garza, Vanessa Lowry

Alma Alcocer, Bruce & Julie Kroeker, Sandy Overly

thanks to these winning sponsors

Triple Crown Sponsors


Belmont Stakes Sponsors

Preakness Stakes Sponsors

Kentucky Derby Sponsors

Hidalgo County Precinct 2

Commissioner Eddie Cantu

Dr. & Mrs. Oliveira

Windswept Stables

John & Vicki Skaggs

Casa Cien LLP

Sonny Hildreth

Jack & Gail Ewing

Mrs. Trudie Abbott


The thanks and praise belongs to everyone who shared in our big night! There were 269 auction items donated--

many bundled into sumptuous packages--given by more than 180 donors. One hundred and eight very active

bidders placed 814 bids for a friendly, but anonymous, competition. In addition to these, our 100 raffle entries for

the annual Rolex Drawing were quickly sold out. Speaking of competitions, congratulations again to our Hat

Contest Winners: Cody Oates for the gentlemen and Marivel Avalos for the ladies, and also, to the Rolex Drawing

Winner, Erick Moreno. It was fun to see what the most bid-on items were this year: (1) an Aquamarine Women's

Ring, (2) Bob Stark's Steak Box, (3) a Gabriel Salazar Original Painting, and (4) a Leather Accent Chair. Super Silent

Auction Items that fetched the highest dollar amounts included: the Texas Regional Bank Shrimp Boil & River Rock

Band (Concert), Taste of Texas for 10 hosted at The Patio on Guerra, Rio Bank Fajita Roulade Dinner for 30, the

Gabriel Salazar Original Painting, and the Nilgai Hunt (furnished by Ford & Abbie Sasser on El Sueno Ranch.)

Congratulations all around to the givers and winners. C.A.M.P. University's success is truly your success!

Feeling Festive

Rio Bank's Winning Watch Party

Sanborn's Supports C.A.M.P. University

Big Hats at Edwards

Abstract & Title



Hat Contest Winner

Bowtie Contest Winner

Watch Parties' Photo Finishers!

Easter Gallery



contributions 3.30.2022 - 10.27.2022


Mr. & Mrs. Carlos I. Garza

Rio Bank

Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Rodriguez

Valley Baptist Missions Education Center

PLATINUM $5,000 - $9,999

Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Fawcett

Presbyterian Women (U.S.A.) - Rev. Cheri Harper

Rodco Steel Distributors

GOLD $2,500 - $4,999

Commissioner Eduardo O. Cantu

Consulado de Mexico

Mr. & Mrs. Tim & Becky Curl

Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Garcia

Mr. & Mrs. John & Julie Kittleman

Megan Larson

Magic Valley Concrete

McAllen Refrigeration

Mr. & Mrs. Bob & Margie McCreery

Ms. Louann Osment

Mr. & Mrs. Cody Phillips

Rio Fresh

Mr. Rene Romero

Mr. & Mrs. Trebes Sasser

Mr. & Mrs. John & Vicki Skaggs

Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth & Julie Wilkins

SILVER $1,000+

Mrs. & Mrs. Cole & Allison Abbott

Mrs. Trudie S. Abbott

AGM Foods

Amy Allen

Diana Almazan

Atlas, Hall & Rodriguez

Tim Belcher

Mr. & Mrs. Fred Biel

Mr. & Mrs. Doug & Elaine Bready

Casa Cien LP

Manuel Chapa

Jorge Cisneros

City of McAllen

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Collins

Core Construction of RGV

Ms. Lynda Currie

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Ewing

Mr. & Mrs. Marcus & Courtney Forthuber

SILVER $1,000+

Frost Bank

Cesar Garcia

Karla Garza

Rufino Garza Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Guerra

Mr. & Mrs. Gary Gurwitz

Higginbotham Insurance

Mrs. Carolyn Landrum

Mr. Rafael Larrazolo

Dr. & Mrs. Daniel Lee

Mr. & Mrs. Brian Lewis

Byron Lewis

Loring Cook Foundation

Mrs. Augusta Matthews

Mr. & Mrs. Patrick & Courtney Moore

Mr. & Mrs. Rick & Susan Myerscough

Dr. & Mrs. Noel Oliveira

Mr. & Mrs. Campbell & Lindy Patton

Mrs. Kandy Reed

Ramon Rodriguez

Sanborn's Insurance

Renee Sanchez-DeSmith

Mr. & Mrs. Ford Sasser III

Dr. & Mrs. Gary M. Schwarz

Mr. & Mrs. Jim Spence

Spikes Ford

Texas Regional Bank

Trinity Baptist Church

Vantage Bank

Mr. & Mrs. Jack & Sheila Wallace


Mr. & Mrs. Ed & Sandy Zinsmeister

BRONZE $500+

Amigo Power Equipment

Mr. & Mrs. Richard & Karen Berns

Brownsville Affordable Homeownership Corp.

Brownsville Dental Associates

Lisa Carlos

Carlos A Barba, M.D. PLLC

David Carr

Jessica Collins

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Corbitt

Lyndsie Currie

Licy Duron

Mr. & Mrs. Pace Erbstoesser

First Christian Church Donna

Mr. & Mrs. Albert Guajardo

Mr. & Mrs. Brian A. Humphreys Jr.

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church



contributions 3.30.2022 - 10.27.2022

BRONZE $500+

Dr. & Mrs. Robert N. Jones

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce & Julie Kroeker

Mr. & Mrs. Erick & Judith Lucio

Ali Moya

Mr. Adolfo Navarro

Navy Army Community Credit Union

Kimberly Ramos

Restore Wellness RGV

Mr. & Mrs. Timothy & Sommer Sers

Mr. & Mrs. Ben D. & LeAnne Smith

Dr. & Mrs. Roger J. Vitko

Yucca Street Investments


5 X 5 Brewing Company

Mrs. Patty Abbott Compton

Cesar Alanis

Aaron Alaniz

Alan Alexandre

Mr. & Mrs. David & Delia Alonzo

Sandra Arce

Marivel Avalos

Mr. & Mrs. Roel & Anika Aviles

Cynthia Benavides

Fernando Betancourt

Patricia Blum

Mr. & Mrs. Bob Boggus

Mr. & Mrs. John & Susie Booth

Mrs. Tatiana Bravo

Mr. & Mrs. Andy J. Browder

Jene Byrom

Mrs. Kathleen A. Campbell

Aracely Cardenas

Karla Cardenas

Marcela Cardenas

Marco Cardenas

Cynthia Carrillo


Molly Castner

Lisa Conque

Deborah Cordova

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas & Deena Davidson

Renbert De La Cruz

Jose De Leon

Mr. & Mrs. Bill Dean

Mr. & Mrs. John & Anna Dean

Alfonso Diaz

Jose Roberto Diaz

Dr. G. Athanasi Orfanos, M.D. P.A.


Mr. & Mrs. Chris & Lauren Dyer

Iannelli Dyer

Valeriano Elizondo

David Estes

Mr. & Mrs. James Rocco Fasano

Alejandro Fernandez De Jauregui

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Fletcher

Mrs. Alta Forshage

Benito Garcia

Erick Garcia

Esmeralda Garcia

Leonardo Garcia

Erika Garza

Mr. & Mrs. Gabriel Garza

Melanie Garza

Rodolfo Garza

Mr. & Mrs. Juan & Francis Gomez

Abraham Gonzalez


Juan Carlos Gonzalez

Mrs. Carolyn Grill

Lynse Guerra

Sandra Guerra

Alejandra Gutierrez

Commissioner Victor (Seby) Haddad

Mr. & Mrs. Albert Hausser

Teri Hebert

Dr. & Mrs. David & Laura Heflin

Catharine Helgeson

Mr. Luis Hernandez

Mr. & Mrs. Rick Hernandez

Mr. & Mrs. Mauricio & Rosie Hinojosa

Mr. & Mrs. Chris & Katie Hoffman

Mr. & Mrs. Mike & Melissa Holland

Mr. & Mrs. Tim & Pam Honeycutt

Ms. Kathleen Hoover

Ana Hoyos

Mr. & Mrs. James Jamieson

Mr. & Mrs. Jer & Gwen Johnson

Mr. & Mrs. Paul & Sylvia Johnson

John Joyal

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Koch

Mr. & Mrs. Jason & Cindy Leal

Mr. & Mrs. Harry Leggett

Mr. & Mrs. Rusty Lewis

LomaAlta Construction & Development LLC

Francisco Lopez

Saul Lopez

Todd & Reagan Loughry




For our annual talent show this year we replaced individual routines with a group

performance of a classic fairy tale story. We offered parents limited tickets for guests.

More than 100 attended, and many applauded and teared-up as our CAMPers--even

the non-verbal students--participated in delivering a solid performance.. Our staff

and CAMPers put in hundreds of combined practice and set-design hours. Thanks to

Whataburger's generosity, all attendees happily walked away with a song in their

heart and a "Be Our Guest" pass to a hamburger repast. Congratulations on all the

hard work and productive results!



contributions 3.30.2022 - 10.27.2022


Mr. & Mrs. Will Lowry IV

Mr. & Mrs. Jesus Martinez

Daniela Melhem

Mr. George Mesquita

Mrs. Peggy Miller

Mr. & Mrs. Steve & Tiffany Miller

Erika Montanaro

Susan Moran

Alfonso Moreno

Eddie Moreno

Erick Moreno


Ellie Moya

Brenda Munoz

Antonio Muriara

NJ Jewelers

Cody Oates

Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Sandy Overly

Mr. and Mrs. Jerry G. Payton

Cecilia Pena De Ornelas

Anwar Perez

Daniela Perez

Margaret Perez

Miguel Perez

Rosa M. Perez

Mr. Jack Pollock

Julissa & Jose Ponce

Ruben Quintero

Saarang Rama

Karla Ramirez

Miguel Angel Ramirez

Mr. & Mrs. Rene & Laura Ramirez

Armando Recio

Tania Reed

Josue Reyes

Walter Reyna

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Richards

Jesus & Shannon Rivas

Jennifer Rodriguez

Melisa Rodriguez

Mr. & Mrs. Matthew R. Rokovich

Mr. Alejandro Rosales

Mario Rueda

Miss Shari Rydl

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Schuster

Mr. & Mrs. Jack Scoggins

Cedar Tree Enterprises

Bradley & Amy Stephens

Mr. & Mrs. Josh Stewart


The Deldi Ortegon Group

Mr. & Mrs. Gregg & Celia Thrash

Xavier Trevino

David & Mariana Tumlinson


Mr. & Mrs. Eugene & Elvira Vaughan

Pam Voss

Dianne White

Mr. & Mrs. Chris Wicker

Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Williams

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Williams

Nivia Wilson


Mr. Hudson Barner

Mrs. Elliott Bottom

Keep McAllen Beautiful

HiWay Neon Sign Company

Purisima Pastures

Mrs. Kandy Reed

Mr. & Mrs. Ford Sasser III

Mr. & Mrs. Stuart Sasser

Mr. & Mrs. Evan Vanderpool

Amigo Power Equipment

Mr. & Mrs. Doug & Elaine Bready

Chorizo De San Manuel

Jessica Collins

Glick Twins

house.wine.& bistro

L&F Distributors

McAllen EDC

Montalvo Jewelers

Rio Bank

Sunrise Rentals Condo Rental


The Patio on Guerra

Adame & Havener Orthodontics

Alamo System Industries

Amy Allen

Mr. & Mrs. Adrian Arriaga

Capt. Mark Guillot's Fishing Adventures


Joaquin's on the Boulevard

Mr. & Mrs. Bruce & Julie Kroeker

Natural Born Grillers

North Park Lexus RGV

Mr. & Mrs. Campbell & Lindy Patton

Rios of Mercedes Boot Company

Gabriel Salazar

Sizzling Platter

Texas Regional Bank

Mr. & Mrs. Gregg & Celia Thrash

Uptown Medical Wellness

contributions 3.30.2022 - 10.27.2022


20/20 Vision Care

Adelante Boutique

Abraham Ancer

Artline America

B.J.'s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Bakery Lorraine


Barn White

Bob Stark's Beef Shop

Bob Starks Beef Shop - Mission

Bonita Flowers

Bonnie Harms Designs

Mr. & Mrs. John & Susie Booth

Bravo Balloons

Bryan Novoa & UTRGV Golf

Buffalo Wings & Rings

Capt. Nuno's Fishing Charters

Casa de Palmas

Casa Mia Home Decor

Castle Hospitality

Cavazos Sports Institute



City Cafe and Catering

Colletti's Italian Restaurant

Costa Messa Restaurant

Costco Wholesale

D&M Cleaners

Danny Feck & UTRGV Men's Basketball

Dargel Boats, Inc

De La Garza Meat Market

De Sanchez Day Spa & Salon

Dos Carolinas

Dr. Jorge Castillo, DDS PA

Eagle Eye Inspections

El Divino Dining & Cocktails

Exotic Berry


Felt Forever

Fiesta Cleaners

Freels Orthodontics

Berry Fritz

Elizabeth Garcia

Emerald City Salon

Blanca Alicia Garza

Gladys Tamez Millinery

Christina Gonzalez

Mr. and Mrs. Rick Guerra

Guthrie's Safe & Lock

H-E-B - 3601 Pecan

Mr. & Mrs. Rick Hernandez

Rosie Herrera

Hibler's Taxidermy

Mr. & Mrs. Chris & Katie Hoffman

Lauren Holland

Mr. & Mrs. Tim & Pam Honeycutt


Hoops & Stitches

Jericho Knife Works

Kendra Scott

Killer's Golf


Elizabeth Kittleman

Kookies by Karla

Kumori Sushi

Kyle Kilgo & UTRGV Baseball

Le Creme Hair & Nail Salon

Linda Blackwell Photography

Longhorn Steakhouse

Los Asados Restaurant

Los Pasteles Caseros De Gaby

Reagan Loughry

Marc David Lugo

Gorditas Dona Lulu

Martin Chiropractic Clinic

Massage & Wellness of McAllen

McAllen Country Club

McAllen Stained Glass

Morgan's Wonderland

N. 10th St. Animal Hospital

Ali & Bertha Nassiff

Nathan Gonzalez Basketball

NJ Jewelers

Northern Tool & Equipment

Oh Kay's

Mr. & Mrs. Javier & Gracie Olivarez

Olive Garden

Olive Garden - Exp. 83

Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Sandy Overly

P.F. Chang's

Dr. Pablo Tagle III Chiropractic

Paesanos Restaurant Group

Palenque Group

Parrot Eyes

Pest Pros

Julissa & Jose Ponce

Quips 'N' Quotes

R.E.E. Inc

Rack Room Shoes

Raising Canes

Raul Martinez Massage Studio

Red Lobster

Restore Wellness RGV

Sylvia Riddle

Rosie Rodriguez

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Rudy's Bar-B-Q

Sally Bowers Enterprises

San Antonio Aquarium

San Antonio Zoo

Shake Express

Shannon Fine Jewelers

Shipley Donuts

Shut Your Door


contributions 3.30.2022 - 10.27.2022


Solo Empanadas

Sota Space/ Ethny Fantich

Aqua-Tots (South Texas Swim Schools)

Southern Roots Flower Market

Stars Drive-in

Style the Mom

Sweet & Tasty Bakery

Sweet Temptations Restaurant


Target North 10th

Texas Tops

The Blue Onion

The Buckhorn & Texas Ranger Museum

The Orange Turtle

The Quarry Golf Course


Three Rivers Farm & Ranch

Tina G Jewelry

Kathy Toney

Bertha Tyminski

UTRGV Baseball Seth Jones & Alberto Adame

Victoria Pena & UTRGV Women's Basketball Camp

Commissioner Everardo Villarreal

West Fern Spa


Yard Letters by Cindy

Harrison Yount

Zoës Kitchen


In Honor of Chris & Pam Voss

by Dianne White

In Honor of Emily Sasser

by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hausser

In Honor of Mykah Rodriguez

by Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Rodriguez

In Honor of Pam & Chris Voss

by Mr. and Mrs. Rick & Susan Myerscough

In Honor of Pam Voss

by Mr. and Mrs. Richard & Karen Berns

In Honor of Sidney & Joyce Payne

by Mr. & Mrs. Cody Phillips

In Memory Of Laura Guerra Mesquita

by Nivia Wilson

In Memory Of Letty Tagle

by Lyndsie Currie

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Nov 29, 2022


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