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Audubon Benefits in Many Ways from Stephanie Frucella Memorial Fund
Audubon Benefits in Many Ways from Stephanie Frucella Memorial Fund

Jamestown, NY – When Jamestown residents Bob and Kathleen Frucella lost their daughter, a fourth grade teacher, they established a fund at Audubon Community Nature Center in her memory.

Since 2009, young people have earned their way to Summer Day Camps at Audubon Community Nature Center by receiving the Stephanie Frucella Memorial “Making A Difference” Scholarships.

As a child, Stephanie loved to come to the Audubon with her family to walk the trails and discover wildlife, flowers, and the beauty of nature. In her life, Stephanie strived daily to make a difference in the lives of her students and her community. Through this fund, her legacy continues.

Preference for the merit-based scholarship is given to campers in grades five and up who have demonstrated interest in volunteering, giving back to their communities, mentoring others, or who wish to start volunteering as a counselor in training or junior counselor for Day Camps.

The Stephanie Frucella Fund is helping three campers have a meaningful outdoor experience this summer. It was also used to purchase what staff describe as “awesome” equipment, including three brand new microscopes, new discovery equipment, and nature play equipment to give campers the best possible experience to connect with the natural world.

In order to encourage youth to volunteer, the Fund also paid the expenses for all Counselors-In-Training.

A great chance for those youth wishing to add volunteering to their resumes is coming up. Audubon Volunteer Coordinator Katie Finch is still seeking help for the Saturday, July 29, Wild 5K Run/Walk. The Wild 5K is a wonderful family and youth volunteer opportunity, as volunteers are especially needed to serve as trail cheerleaders/direction pointers from before the start to the end of the race.

Other opportunities to assist that are coming include special events like Enchanted Forest in October and Snowflake Local Living Festival in February.

To help with any of these events or learn about additional possibilities, call (716) 569-2345 during business hours or email kfinch@auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center is located at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania. To learn more, call (716) 569-2345 or visit auduboncnc.org.

Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways.

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