During the process of envisioning what Camp Sombrero would become, both our girls and volunteers stressed the importance of respecting and preserving the natural, thriving desert landscape.
As the construction begins, attention is being paid to the future landscape and re-vegetation of the property. Over the next few weeks, the existing plants will be surveyed, pruned and trimmed. Certain trees and plants will be excavated and moved into large wooden containers. These plants will remain on-site in a nursery setting, where they will be watered and cared for during the construction period. When the time is right, they will be reintroduced to the environment.
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We appreciate the efforts of our construction firm, The Weitz Company, Landscape Architect, Chris Winters and the salvage team at Native Resources International for their work on this part of the project. We also want to thank the Steele Foundation, who generously provided $250,000 specifically for this aspect of the renovation.
We are excited to announce a $100,000 campaign gift from Salt River Project (SRP). And with cookie sales behind us, we are pleased to say our Girl Scouts contributed an additional $500,000 from their 2015 cookie proceeds to the campaign, for a total gift of more than $1 million over the past two years. Way to go girls!
These two meaningful contributions mean the campaign has now raised $9.5 million dollars, which includes $7 million in support from the philanthropic community, and $2.5 million allocated from Council reserves.