Shrine Mont Camps Capital Campaign Surpasses Stretch Goal of $2.5 Million
The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, announced Saturday that the “Shout it from the Mountain” Capital Campaign for Shrine Mont Camps has exceeded its stretch goal of $2.5 million.
The Bishop made the announcement at the annual Bishop’s Jubilee at Shrine Mont, where he also talked about “some very special people whose memory helped us achieve success.” (Read the Bishop's full remarks.)
“I knew we could do it – and we did,” said Bishop Johnston of the campaign. “We have so much to be thankful for. Half of the money raised will go to scholarships that will help our camps to become a more accurate reflection of the diversity our Diocese. The other half is going to facility improvements now and in the future.”
More than 700 donors, including 97 churches of the Diocese, donated a total of $2,546,545.
Already, the campaign has helped to provide scholarship assistance for 126 campers who otherwise might not have been able to experience Shrine Mont camps.
Several major gifts were key to the campaign’s success.
A portion of a memorial gift made in honor of the late Rev. Ed Merrow will establish a scholarship fund to broaden the diversity of participants in Shrine Mont Camps. As the rector of Grace Church, Alexandria, in the 1960s, Ed Merrow was a pioneer for civil rights and racial inclusion in Virginia. His son, the Rev. Andrew Merrow, rector of St. Mary’s Church, Arlington, co-chaired the Shout It from the Mountain campaign.
Together with the Merrow gift, a major gift in memory of Russ Palmore supported the improvement of the camp facilities and the scholarship fund. Mr. Palmore served as Chancellor of the Diocese from 1987-2011 and was elected as a deputy to nine General Conventions of The Episcopal Church.
Gifts were also given in memory of Chris Horne and Jordan Johnson. Mr. Horne was a former camper and counselor from Alexandria. Mr. Jordan was a former camper from Vienna. Both were beloved members of the Shrine Mont community.
More than $70,000 will go to Camp Christ the King in South Africa. “This is a wonderful way for us to help our sister Diocese of Christ the King to grow its camp activities in a part of the world that desperately needs such programs,” said Bishop Johnston.
The Shout It from the Mountain Campaign represents the largest and most successful capital campaign in the 92- year history of Shrine Mont.
The full text of the Bishop's Remarks at the Bishop's Jubilee at Shrine Mont (June 8, 2017)
Good afternoon, friends of Shrine Mont, and welcome officially to this year’s Bishop’s Jubilee – a great time to enjoy the wonderful music we’ve been hearing, along with sports, games and just good ol’ laid-back summer fun.
Before we head over to have our supper, I have two important announcements to share with you.
The first is about the successful completion of our “Shout It from the Mountain” Capital Campaign for Shrine Mont Camps. The second is to tell you a bit about some very special people whose memory helped us achieve this success.
Here’s the bottom line:
Thanks to over 700 donors, including 97 churches of the Diocese, we have exceeded, not just our campaign goal of $2 million, but our stretch goal of $2.5 million! To be precise, we have raised $2,546,545.
I knew we could do it – and we did!
So let’s have a round of applause for everyone who made this the largest and most successful capital campaign in the 92-year history of Shrine Mont!
I want you to know that the money raised by the campaign is already helping to provide scholarship assistance for 126 campers who otherwise might not have been able to experience Shrine Mont camps.
We have so much to be thankful for. Half of the money is going for scholarships that will help our camps to become a more accurate reflection of the diversity of our Diocese. The other half is going for facility improvements now and in the future.
In addition to all that, over $70,000 was committed to supporting Camp Christ the King in South Africa – a wonderful way to help our sister Diocese of Christ the King grow its camp activities in a part of the world that desperately needs such programs.
Key to our success were major gifts made in memory of two inspiring members of our Diocese: the Rev. Ed Merrow and Mr. Russell Palmore. I can’t imagine two people who better reflect the spirit of Shrine Mont and Shrine Mont Camps.
Ed Merrow was a champion of civil rights in the 1960s, as witnessed by his son, the Rev. Andrew Merrow, the longtime rector of St. Mary’s, Arlington, who co-chaired the camps campaign. Andrew recalls his father’s tireless work for racial inclusion during a time when racism was common in Virginia. Ed Merrow led by example -- making it clear that Grace Church, Alexandria, where he served as rector, was a place where the black community was welcome.
How appropriate then that some of the money raised in his name will go toward the Ed Merrow Scholarship Fund, which will be used to broaden the diversity of Shrine Mont Camps. It will be a lasting legacy to Ed Merrow’s passion for equality for all.
Russ Palmore was a tremendous example of loyalty and dedication to The Episcopal Church, serving as chancellor of the Diocese from 1987 until his sudden death in 2011. His counsel helped us to navigate through challenging times. He was a beloved leader at the national level as well, having been elected nine times as a deputy to the General Convention.
But it was his personal qualities that made his ministry so powerful. It says something about Russ that everyone who knew him felt he was their best friend. Money raised in his name will also go for scholarships and facilities.
Russ was all about leadership in all of its aspects -- in our Diocese, our Church and the greater community. Ed Merrow was also all about leadership in the way he handled the most sensitive social-justice issue of his time. These are precisely the kinds of leadership we are cultivating in our camps.
Gifts were also given in memory of Chris Horne and Jordan Johnson. Chris was a former camper and counselor from Alexandria. Jordan was a former camper from Vienna. Both were beloved members of our Shrine Mont family.
So we have much to celebrate on this July day on the Mountain. My thanks to all of you for helping to ensure that generations of young people can continue to experience the magic of Shrine Mont.