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Eliza Dushku painted autographs for kids at the United South End Settlements House. While she was there, she presented a check for Camp Hale. Eliza Dushku painted autographs for kids at the United South End Settlements House. While she was there, she presented a check for Camp Hale. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
May 20, 2011

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Actress Eliza Dushku dropped by the offices of United South End Settlements yesterday to deliver dough she’s helped collect for Camp Hale. Along with the camp’s alumni association, the Watertown-bred “Buffy’’ beauty raised $61,909. She was joined by her brother Aaron and his two children, Kyle and Sofia. Dushku told us she’s created a family foundation, Humanitar, which will dole out grants to deserving initiatives. (One will be the Trauma Healing and Reflection Center, which her mom, Suffolk professor Judy Dushku, has created in Gulu, Uganda.) Camp Hale, located on Squam Lake in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, is the oldest settlement house residential camp in the United States. It has served local boys, including Dushku’s brothers and dad, Phil, since 1900. The actress is hoping her contribution can help Camp Hale create a component for girls. Asked about her next acting gig, Eliza said she’s disappointed that a comedy pilot she shot with Damon Wayans wasn’t picked up. “Everything happens for a reason, I guess. One door opens and another closes,’’ she said. “But it would have been awesome. Me and my brothers were the biggest ‘In Living Color’ fans.’’ Dushku wouldn’t comment on Internet reports that “Torchwood’’ writer Jane Espenson has cast her in the spinoff of the sci-fi drama, but she did say she’s still working on producing a biopic of famed photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. “Hopefully, we’ll be in production this year.’’