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Bob Delonti Receives National Recognition from the National Alliance for Grieving Children

Comfort Zone Camp is pleased to announce that Bob Delonti, longtime volunteer, supporter and board member, was presented with the National Alliance for Grieving Children’s Founder’s Volunteer Award, in recognition of significant contributions to the field of children's grief support as a volunteer at the end of June. The Founder's Volunteer Award is given annually to one individual who has made a significant contribution to the field of children’s grief support as a volunteer.


For over 12 years, Bob has served as a dedicated volunteer for Comfort Zone. Sue Oppici, Regional Development Officer for Comfort Zone, shared “Bob has given much more than his time -- he has given his heart and soul to help campers and families who desperately need an anchor in the midst of the storm of their loss and trauma. It would be easy to quote the number of program weekends he has volunteered for Comfort Zone (50+), or the number of hours he has volunteered in direct service to clients (just shy of 3,000 hours). After his first camp weekend, he started holding BBQs in his backyard with family and friends to raise money for Comfort Zone. Neighbors started wheeling their grills over so that they had more grilling capability for more and more people. Bob’s open arms and bear hugs tug at everyone’s hearts ... and wallets. Then through a formal fundraising event at a restaurant, he raised over $35,000 in order to hold a camp program in California. This one man, Bob Delonti, has raised awareness about the need for services and childhood grief, while spreading awareness about Comfort Zone’s programs.” 


Bob’s honor was formally recognized at the 20th Annual NAGC Symposium on Children’s Grief in Indianapolis on Friday, June 24, 2016 at the A Little Hope Foundation Founder's Breakfast. Bob’s story with Comfort Zone began over 12 years ago. He was on a plane to Italy and was looking for something to read, when he stumbled upon a magazine that featured an article about Comfort Zone Camp. At that time he felt such a strong pull to Comfort Zone’s mission that he knew as soon as he was back in the United States he would have to get involved in some way. Bob called Comfort Zone’s headquarters in Virginia and within the next week he was on a plane to Virginia to volunteer for this first camp program.


As a Board Member for Comfort Zone Camp, Bob has helped to steer and position the organization for growth to serve more children in grief. During Bob’s tenure with Comfort Zone Camp he has volunteered over 3,000 hours at camp programs and has helped raise over $150,000 to provide children in grief with a safe place to grieve, heal, and grow.


“Bob is a shining example of what it means to be absolutely selfless. He has provided vision and leadership along with thousands of volunteer hours to help bring the mission and vision of Comfort Zone Camp to life,” said Mary Beth McIntire, CEO of Comfort Zone. “Because of his dedication, hard work, and unrelenting determination to make sure that each child in grief has a resource, Comfort Zone Camp was extremely proud to nominate Bob Delonti for the NAGC Founder’s Volunteer Award.”


Thank you Bob for being a comfort zone for others! 


Click here to see part of Bob’s acceptance speech. 

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