Nearly a dozen members of the IMSA racing community gathered at Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla., to volunteer during a family retreat weekend.

Burt Frisselle joined fellow Prototype drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, car owner Ian Willis and additional officials and team members for the weekend, which was for youngsters with heart ailments and their families.

"I have been to Camp Boggy Creek five times for GRAND-AM Day, but have never volunteered until this past week" said Jordan Taylor. "It was an experience of a lifetime working with these kids and their families. It's extremely gratifying to see a child have one of the best weekends of their life."

"My first Boggy Creek weekend was very enriching and gave me a great understanding of true bravery as these kids face their challenges every day with courage and perspective," Ricky Taylor said. "To see the transformation from when the kids showed up at camp with a sense of nervousness and uncertainty to the end of camp when they completely owned the place with confidence and happiness was incredible."

Camp Boggy Creek was founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General Norman Schwarzkopf to provide seriously ill children with a fun camp experience in a medically sound environment. Located near Daytona Beach, the 232-acre camp serves children ages 7-16 who have been diagnosed with chronic or life threatening conditions. Camp Boggy Creek never charges campers to attend and never asks them to contribute anything other than a positive, playful attitude.

Members of the IMSA team were assigned to be "Family Pal" volunteers, and were paired with a family for the weekend. Activities included fishing, boating, crafts, horseback riding, woodshop, archery, miniature golf, a talent show and campfires. It made for a busy, but memorable, weekend for campers and volunteers alike.

"Seeing the joy radiate from each camper who stood on that stage proudly performing their various talents was the highlight of the weekend for me," said Julie Conlin of Sunday Group Management. "I found myself sitting with tears of happiness in my eyes and a big smile on my face as I watched so many different kids, families, and family pals join the fun on stage – an opportunity to be themselves without the fear of being judged.

"Unless you experience the true magic of Camp Boggy Creek, it's difficult to describe the feeling with which you leave. What made camp so special for me was seeing the pure happiness of each child. So many of the children who attend Camp Boggy Creek have faced more challenges in life than even we as adults can begin to understand. What Camp Boggy Creek provides is a place where each camper can forget about everything else and just have fun!"

"It truly brings joy to my heart to help facilitate children with serious and their families having an absolute blast at camp," added Burt Frisselle. "Being able to work with the awesome group of IMSA volunteers was extremely fun and I know we all left camp tired but with lighter hearts and smiles on our faces!"

To learn more about Camp Boggy Creek and additional volunteer opportunities, please visit www.campboggycreek.org.

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