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Night of fun gives back to those in need

Abby Margulis
Special to the Sun

Smashbox Saturday participants play a game at the first camp of the year on Oct. 5. Smashbox Saturday is the first Saturday of every month during the school year, and this year's donations at the camp will help people around the world access clean water.

Smashbox Saturdays kicked off this weekend, giving parents a free night of babysitting at Snowmass Chapel and kids a night full of wacky games, challenges, adventures and dinner.

But this is no ordinary event. It is a donation-based camp in which families are encouraged to give $20 that will help someone in another country get clean water.

Camp Smashbox and Smashbox Saturdays are part of Project 18, a program designed to develop kids with character. The "camp for a cause" project at Smashbox Saturdays started last winter and supported a different nonprofit every month. This year, Adam Gilbert, camp director and summer counselor, chose to support "charity: water," a nonprofit dedicated to bringing clean drinking water to developing nations. After raising just under $4,000 for six different organizations in four to five weeks last year, Gilbert is excited to see how much they can raise in a year for one.

Snowmass Sun: Why did you pick "charity: water" to support?

Adam Gilbert: One hundred percent of donations go directly to help solve the world's water crisis. The lack of this basic need is causing diarrhea, dehydration, disease, death and distraction from things like working, going to school, having fun and taking care of loved ones. We in Aspen/Snowmass enjoy some of the purest drinking water on the planet; I believe others should have access to clean drinking water, too.

SS: Who does "charity: water" help?

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AG: The over 1 billion people in this world without clean water. Those families who are losing a child every 19 seconds due to a water-related illness.

SS: How much money are you hoping to raise?

AG: Six thousand dollars funds a hand-dug well, which provides not only jobs but a system that delivers continuous clean water to a community.

SS: What does giving back teach the children?

AG: Our goal is to help parents raise kids with great character. Project 18's Smashbox Saturday is an opportunity to help children realize how much power they have to do good in this world.

SS: In a few sentences, describe Smashbox Saturdays.

AG: Fantastic fun for kindergarten through fifth grade. A chance for parents to have a night off and kids to have a night on. Donation-based camp on first Saturday evenings all school year in Gnar-nia at Snowmass Chapel, sponsored by Project 18.

Support the campaign at http://www.my.charitywater.org/camp smashbox. For more information, visit http://www.project18aspen.com.

Abby Margulis is an editorial intern working at The Aspen Times. She is a junior at DePauw University in Indiana.

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