Summer Memories


What’s your favorite summer memory?

I will never forget mine. For the last two weeks of July during my childhood, my grandparents rented a cottage on Campbell Lake outside of Hesperia.  I looked forward to the trip all year long.

The family memories will always stay with me. The jingle in my pockets when my Dad would hand me nickels and dimes for the candy bar machine and the soda pop machine, the rainy days we would spend at the fun house or playing board games, and the first time my Grandfather taught me how to use his boat.

Then one day, I went into town to do that classic 16 year old girl activity: look for boys. Little did I know Hesperia, MI and that sunny day would change my life. I met my husband Paul that day. In my office, I have a framed postcard from Campbell Lake that I pull down every now and then when I need a moment of peace and quiet reflection.

For many of the children D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s serves, my summer experience is a dream. Many have never seen Lake Michigan, been on a boat, or had the simple pleasure of a quiet beach and a good book.

That’s why this summer we are asking for your help.

With your support the children and families we serve can have a memorable summer like I did. Here’s a list of some of the things we would like to do:

  • Soccer and Baseball Camps
  • Whitecaps Baseball Games
  • Beach Outings
  • Camping Trips to Hoffmaster State Park
  • Horseback Riding
  • Cedar Point Trip
  • Shedd’s Aquarium
  • Fishing at Dean Lake
  • Mackinaw Island Trip

If you would like to help make this summer memorable for some pretty great kids, click here.

Summer memories can last a lifetime. Maybe, because of your help, in 45 years one of our children will place a postcard of their favorite summertime memory in their office.

Thank you for reading my summer memories. Together, we can create memories for the children of D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s,

Sharon Loughridge

Executive Director, D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s



D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s Spring Newsletter


This week we sent out our Spring 2013 Newsletter. In it you will find many of our annual outcomes, client successes, memories of past supporters, and event highlights. Sharing this information with you allows us to look back at our successes and ask ourselves what is the common thread?

The common thread throughout the entire newsletter is the overwhelming support that you have shown us.

Because of your support, 96% of children with a Big Brother or Big Sister avoided alcohol, drugs, and delinquent behavior. Because of your support, a ten year old girl named Marie, who has seen more suffering and loss than most of us in a lifetime, experienced the programs offered by D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s. Now she is learning to accept the love offered to her. Because of supporters like the late Norm Ginebaugh, children on our residential campus met Santa every year, and had thousands of food and goods donated over the course of 14 years. Because of your support, Bowl for Kids’ Sake was able to raise $50,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters and our special 125th Anniversary Guild Gala raised a record breaking $300,000.

Please take a moment to learn about our outcomes, Marie, Norm, and our record breaking events by reading our Spring 2013 Newsletter here.

Thank you for all that you do to help the children and families we serve.