Hempstead Town Councilman Anthony D’Esposito was joined by Supervisor Laura Gillen, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney, Councilman Dennis Dunne and Town Clerk Slyvia Cabana as he announced that, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of ANCHOR, he will be partnering with John’s Crazy Socks and the participants in the Camp ANCHOR Summer Program to create a 50th Anniversary sock. ANCHOR is the Town’s comprehensive year-round program serving 1,200 children and adults with special needs
“The partnership between our Camp ANCHOR, which is an amazing program for those with special needs, and a company run by a young man with special needs is very symbiotic,” said Councilman D’Esposito. “To put these two together to create something that will celebrate our program’s 50th anniversary and help fund other programs for those of differing abilities is just perfect!”
“I have down syndrome and down syndrome never holds me back,” said John Cronin, co-founder of John’s Crazy Socks. “Our mission is to create happiness.”
Camp ANCHOR, the town’s six-week summer day camp program, serves approximately 700 children and adults with special needs throughout the summer. Camp participants who are ages five years and up enjoy an array of athletic, aquatic and cultural programs, as well as field trips and special events.
“There is no other program on Long Island for those with special needs that is as comprehensive as Camp ANCHOR,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby. “I am so happy to be able to celebrate this program’s 50th anniversary.”
Camp ANCHOR participants will create socks during their arts and crafts class and then John will choose a winning design. That design will be announced at a celebration in the first week of August. Families will be asked to pre-order the commemorative socks and the proceeds will go to the ANCHOR Program Fund. ANCHOR Program Fund, Inc., is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that accepts donations to fund special activities and events, as well as the necessary supplies and equipment, for individuals with disabilities participating in programs like ANCHOR. Councilman D’Esposito and John created a special video to announce the program to the partipants at the kickoff.
“I love outside-the-box thinking and I think this program is the perfect way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a place that has almost become a second home to the participants,” said Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney.
John’s Crazy Socks is operated by John, a young man with Downs Syndrome and his father Mark. The company is built on the mission of showing what is possible when you give someone a chance and demonstrate what people with intellectual disabilities can do.
“As a former Camp ANCHOR volunteer, I am especially excited that John is supporting our camp with his amazing socks,” said Supervisor Gillen. “The Town of Hempstead is fortunate to be able to offer Camp Anchor to children and adults with disabilities thanks in part to the creative and innovative thinking from our friends at John’s Crazy Socks.”
“No one has bigger hearts than those with special needs and those who work special needs people, and I know that all our Camp ANCHOR participants will put their hearts and souls into creating the perfect design to mark the anniversary of the place that they all love so much,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne.
“Camp ANCHOR is one of the best places on earth and I couldn’t be happier to be celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a fun program that will get everyone involved and will actually raise some money for the Camp ANCHOR Program Fund,” concluded Councilman D’Esposito.