Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, CRS 1987
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Hooman Yaghoobzadeh, CRS 1987
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"Help me make a difference for an organization that made a huge difference in my life."

The Louis August Jonas Foundation has championed a multicultural perspective to Youth Development and Leadership Actualization long before ‘multicultural’ was a word.

This year I am participating in the Camp Rising Sun Walk.Bike.Run - 30 years of Girls Programming.  Please consider supporting my participation by making a donation to CRS, or register for the event and join me for the run!

In addition to furthering their mission to make the world a more peaceful and caring place, I hope you take the opportunity to learn about this wonderful organization and its potential for 15-year-old boys and girls in your life!  This foundation changed my and my best friend Robbie Schwarcz’s life when we were 15 and continues to be a positive force in our lives, to which we continue to contribute each year.

Hooman currently serves on the Board of Directors and on several of LAJF's volunteer committees. He is participating in our Charity Run from the Red Hook Campus to the Clinton Campus on July 20th, 9-12 PM. For more information on the event or if you are interested in registering, please visit our website. To make a donation in support of Hoomans participation, click to Donate button at the top, right.


Hooman and fellow campers from 1987.

ABOUT 2019 30th Anniversary Campaign

For 59 years, from 1930 through 1988, Camp Rising Sun was an incredible opportunity only available for boys. A confluence of factors contributed to the creation of a Camp Rising Sun program for girls. At the October 1986 board meeting, the decision was made to seek out a separate campus nearby and an ad-hoc committee was created (and named/dubbed?) “Girls Camp Committee” chaired by Michael Engber. At the December, 1986 Alumni Reunion, Michael Engber and Marshall Beil stood before the Rising Sun community and announced the purchase of the site in Clinton. There was cheering and support. In late 1988, the site was coming together, selection and recruitment for campers and staff had begun and the vision for a girls program was becoming a reality. In June, staff arrived early to begin prep, but the Clinton campus was not yet ready. 


In 1989, Rising Sun welcomed at the Clinton campus 40 girls and 15 staff members. As the bus arrived, the staff sang “Camp Henry Welcomes You,” a tradition adopted way back in the 1930 season of Rising Sun. This left some of the arriving girls wonderinged if the bus had pulled into the wrong Camp. It was not until 1990 that our now familiar “Pine trees are swaying” song was established. The core structure of the Rising Sun program model supported them through that first summer. Girls were working on projects, leading engaging instructions, hiking in the Catskill mountains and enjoying singing traditional camp songs. The arts cabin was developed into a good creative space. The tents which had just been numbered were given names and signs painted for each. Campers pulled weeds out of the pond to make it swimmable. Lots of projects involved painting and reorganizing the existing spaces to be more suitable for camp activities.


The following year, returning campers transformed customs from 1989 into enduring traditions. Each year, building upon the last, has yielded the Camp Rising Sun we know and love today. The program has been influenced by each and every camper, counselor and director, yet it is remarkably the same Camp Rising Sun Freddie birthed in 1930. Please make a donation in honor of the efforts to create a Camp Rising Sun for girls and all of young people who attended. Your donation will be matched dollar for dollar by Rick and Nita Luis. 

Name Date Amount Comments
Mark S. Pecker 08/19/2019 $1,000.00  
Nadja Pinnavaia 07/27/2019 $100.00 Go Hooman!
Robert M. Schwarcz 07/21/2019 $250.00 Sorry I couldn’t run side by side with you on this one. CRS is an incredible place that forever changes lives.
Hootan Yaghoobzadeh 07/20/2019 $150.00  
Richard Smith 07/19/2019 $1,000.00 Congratulations !!!
Ann Reen 07/19/2019 $200.00 ❤️
David Jones 07/19/2019 $2,000.00  
Jenna Byron 07/19/2019 $300.00  
Barbara Duniec 07/18/2019 $25.00 Holman, good luck tomorrow. Barbara
Rachael Duniec 07/18/2019 $100.00 Best of luck Hooman! I’m so proud of you and all that you stand for.
Nasser and Mehri Yaghoobzadeh 07/18/2019 $100.00 So proud of you Hooman
Stacey Kaufman 07/18/2019 $100.00  
Eileen Loughran Verticchio 07/18/2019 $25.00 I’ll always remember how special CRS was to both you and Robie. I know it was responsible for your beautiful life long friendship and an integral part of the successful, amazing and accomplished men you are today. I wish you both much love always and all the best. Good luck in the race Hooman.
Lina Beltran 07/18/2019 $100.00  
Linda Chan 07/10/2019 $25.00 Good luck!
Annie Schulhof 07/07/2019 $150.00  
Hooman Yaghoobzadeh 07/03/2019 $250.00  
Damian Francis Brennan 07/03/2019 $200.00  
Nicole Bettan 07/02/2019 $25.00 Cheers!
  Total $6,100.00  
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