SCOPE Dinner with “The Fonz”

Happy Days are here again – Literally!  I recently attended the American Camping Association conference in New Jersey, and had the thrill of meeting someone I’d watched on TV as a kid.  Okay, so I’m probably dating myself here, but for me, Happy Days was what I watched religiously on Channel 7, ABC. And at the conference, I got to meet – yes – “The Fonz”, Henry Winkler. He was there because he was presented with the Founders Award at the annual SCOPE Dinner which was held at the conference. ( SCOPE which stands for Summer Camp Opportunities Provide an Edge, is a nonprofit charity that sends children-in-need to summer camp which The Timber Lake Foundation has been donating money to since it was founded by Jay Jacobs in 1996.  So we know firsthand the positive impact camp can have on a child and that SCOPE provides that experience to those who need it the most! If you want to learn more about SCOPE , just click here …)

Anyway, our Executive Director, Jay Jacobs, introduced Henry Winkler and shared with the audience many of Mr. Winkler’s accomplishments which includes being a veteran of the Broadway stage, being a Golden Globe recipient and he also participates on several boards for youth-related charities.  Henry Winkler is also the author of a series of children’s novels entitled “Hank Zipzer”, a character with learning disabilities. His books are full of humor and they all offer great messages to children about the struggles of children with learning disabilities.  But getting back to “The Fonz” – WOW – He was so nice!!!  He even posed for a photo with me AND autographed a book for my daughter. (Although if truth be told, my daughter didn’t really know who he was…) BUT, she did enjoy seeing how happy I was having my picture taken with one of my all-time favorite television characters!  Yes, Happy Days are here again!

~ Jane

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