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Scarsdale Man's Camp Holds Fundraiser With NBA Legend John Starks

Campers play with frogs at Steve's Camp, located in Livingston Manor, N.Y. Photo Credit: Steve's Camp
Steve Kessner started Steve's Camp in 2010 to give underprivileged New York City kids a chance to enjoy summer camp. Photo Credit: Steve's Camp

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A Scarsdale businessman started a camp for underprivileged New York City kids that will be the beneficiary of a casino-themed fundraiser April 18 honoring New York Knick legend John Starks.

Starks, whose foundation provides college scholarships to disadvantaged kids, is a member of the Board of Directors for Steve’s Camp.

Steve Kessner, of Scarsdale, bought 100 acres of land in the Catskills three years ago and turned it into a summer camp that has served more than 200 kids. Campers learn about nutrition, share the issues they deal with in their family lives and education and keep a journal.

“When I ask the campers what they have learned from their experience, many say that they have discovered how to trust people,” Kessner said in a statement. “They now realize they need to broaden their horizons, and strive to achieve more in order to fulfill their potential.”

Kessner formed his Board of Directors with several Scarsdale residents: Ira and Janice Starr, Jeffery Fogelson, Howard and Sharon Charles, Len Spivak, Cheryl Kessner and Glenn Binday. They also include former New York Rangers star Ron Greschner and Ron Binday, owner of the Scarsdale insurance Agency Advocate Brokerage, whom Kessner met at Scarsdale Synagogue.

“Many of us have made life-long friends when we attended camp,” said Binday, whose company provides insurance for the camp. “Those summers hold great memories.”

The Board of Directors is organizing the April 18 fundraiser , which will take place at Humphrey Restaurant in New York City. Kessner hopes to expand the camp and reach more inner city kids.

“I am grateful that so many of my friends from Scarsdale and elsewhere have decided to join us in this endeavor,” Binday said.

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