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Amityville Boy Scout Raises Funds for Project CARE

AMITYVILLE, NY -- Michael Budd enjoyed his summer camp experience at Project CARE (Challenge Activities Ropes Experience) years ago and felt it was a defining time in his life. He says he enthusiastically shared his personal story with others and credited the camp with helping him develop confidence, self-esteem, communication and personal growth. Michael sought to use his upcoming Eagle Service Project to help others experience Project CARE. When Michael approached staff about his project and learned that many individuals who would truly benefit from the experience often did not participate because they did not have a pair of sneakers, he initiated his Eagle Scout Service Project, Sneakers for Success.

During the past six months, Michael and his fellow scouts from Troop 776 raised valuable funds to support the goal of providing a new pair of sneakers for children, adolescents and adults. Earlier this month, he presented a check to fund Sneakers for Success in the amount of $820 to Patricia A. Porter, chief of operations at South Oaks Hospital. Ms. Porter thanked Michael for his efforts on behalf of a considerable number of individuals who will truly benefit from his Eagle Scout Project. Ms. Porter acknowledged Michael's initiative and outstanding ability in demonstrating leadership, responsibility, project management and a sincere caring for others. "For Michael Budd to come back to our campus to see how he could help others is truly heartwarming. It was an honor for me to accept this gift and meet such a remarkable young man," said Patricia Porter.

Project C.A.R.E at South Oaks Hospital

Project C.A.R.E. is a state-of-the-art Challenge Activities Ropes Experience designed, constructed and inspected by Project Adventure, centrally located on the Nassau/Suffolk border on the grounds of South Oaks Hospital. The course is facilitated by a team of healthcare professionals who offer a non-traditional approach toward individual and team growth. To learn more about Project C.A.R.E, visit

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