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Watertown native, actress Eliza Dushku to be honored for work with summer camp

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  October 4, 2013 02:53 PM

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Eliza Dushku, an actress who hails from Watertown, will be honored at Fenway Park next month for her work creating an all-girls program at a previously all-boys New Hampshire sleep-away summer camp that helps low-income Boston kids.

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Eliza Dushku at Camp Hale
Dushku helped organize the all-girls program implemented this past summer at Camp Hale on Squam Lake. The camp is run by the United South End Settlements, an organization that helps families in and around Boston. Each summer since 1900, the camp helps inner city Boston kids build social skills and a sense of well-being with the residential camp experience, according to camp officials.

After she organized the girls program, Dushku also served as a camp counselor this summer, officials said.

"Camp has been such an important part of life for everyone in my family for as long as I can remember -- for my parents, my siblings and myself," Dushku said in a statement. "This opportunity to work with others to highlight the importance of camp experiences for ALL kids, boys AND girls -- is just extraordinary."

Bette Bussel, executive director of the American Camp Association of New England, said she applauded Dushku for her work, which helped change the camp program for the better.

“Her leadership in creating an all-girls program at Camp Hale in New Hampshire has altered and enriched the lives of dozens of young women," Bussel said.

Dushku will be honored at the American Camp Association of New England's third annual Camp Champions Celebration on Nov. 22 at the State Street Pavilion at Fenway Park. The event is celebrating summer camps and all net proceeds will go to ACA New England's Campership Fund, which aims at helping bring the summer camp experience to the area's children in need.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and includes hors d'oeuvres, Fenway Park tours beginning at 6 p.m., a dinner buffet overlooking the field, a raffle and silent auction, and photo opportunities with Red Sox mascot Wally. Adult tickets are $150; children 12 and under are $75.

More than 150 children ages 6 to 16 had the chance to attend day and overnight camps in all six New England states as a result of last year's Camp Champions Celebration event, which honored Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, organizers said.

For more information, visit the camp organization's website.

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