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  • Writer's pictureTerri Tomoff

Special Love Celebrates 40th Anniversary!

I love milestone posts. There is something magical in the decades of something good - birthdays, holidays, and anniversaries. It's all, well, quite special.

Last evening at the Hilton Tyson's Corner, many supporters, former campers, staff, and two special people were honored throughout the evening, along with a silent auction, drinks, fellowship, and dinner and dancing, in truly spectacular fashion. I loved reconnecting with so many people we have met over the last 27 years and being a part of this amazing organization.

The Randy Schools Light of Love Award was presented to Holly Senn, a Child-Life Specialist at INOVA Fairfax Hospital and Camp Fantastic Volunteer, in heartfelt recognition of her dedication to Special Love campers over the last 18 years.

Special Love co-founder, Sheila Baker, was presented with the Circle of Love Award in recognition of her, and her late husband, Tom Baker's dream, to create a place where kids could just be kids and not patients, launching Camp Fantastic in 1983. In commemoration of this occasion, I posted a quilt I made using many of the T-shirts given to the staff and campers over the past 40 years, which was raffled off last night as well.

So, a big big HOW-HOW to all the attendees, including our family near and far (Olivia and Bo, Don Tomoff, Stephanie and Paul Godleski), and me, Bill and Ryan. It was a great evening of fun for all - the biggest perk was raising funds to continue the many programs and camps for cancer kids, their siblings, and families that Special Love has provided for four decades!



Photos 1) 40 Years!; 2 &3) Holly Senn's Award; 4) Dancing Queens: Holly and Olivia; 5 &6) Sheila Baker's Award' 7) Tomoff (extended) Family; 8) Tomoff (nuclear) Familly; 9) Bill, Kathy Russell, and me!


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