MILLVILLE, PA – Camp Victory has announced the appointment of Kate Beaver Pacacha as resource development associate. Camp Victory is an extraordinary 130-acre camp that serves a variety of campers with special needs and serious medical conditions.
Pacacha will be working on donor and development management, grant writing, and special events.
“We’re quite pleased to have Kate join our team,” said Jamie Huntley, executive director of Camp Victory. “She has a successful marketing and fundraising background, experience working with the human service community, and a passion for helping others. She’s an excellent fit for our special camp.”
Pacacha has extensive professional marketing, public relations, fund-raising, and event planning experience. She previously served as director of resource development and communications with Lycoming County United Way from 2008 to 2013 and was responsible for increasing the organization’s annual campaign and community awareness. Prior to that she was employed as marketing director of Lycoming Mall where she was recognized as ‘Marketing Director of the Year’ by Crown American Corporation in 2002.
A native of rural Catawissa, she is a graduate of Southern Columbia High School, Susquehanna University, and the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Lycoming program.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Camp Victory,” explained Pacacha. “Children who live with chronic health problems, physical or intellectual disabilities, or the aftermath of catastrophic illness deal with immense challenges and don’t often get to participate in typical activities like a fun week at summer camp.”
“At Camp Victory, children with special needs or significant health problems can enjoy an array of activities built to be more inclusive such as a wheelchair accessible treehouse, adaptive rock climbing wall, and much more," Pacacha said. "In addition, their time spent here is with other children with similar circumstances - they make lifelong friends and memories.”
For example, Camp Victory hosts partner groups who serve children with various special needs, cancer, autism, heart disease, diabetes, spina-bifida, epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and more. Camps are typically booked from April to October.
“As a cancer survivor myself, and having a husband with cancer, I know how treatment and medical appointments can seemingly take over your life and how important is it to get to have some ordinary experiences that don’t revolve around being ill,” she concluded.
Pacacha lives in Williamsport with her husband, Patrick. In addition to her work for Camp Victory, she volunteers with Pet Pantry of Lycoming County and Paternostro Family Cancer Foundation.
Camp Victory serves children from all over Pennsylvania and the US. To learn more, visit www.campvictory.org or find them on Facebook.