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The New York Society for Ethical Culture will host the Encampment’s 70th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, with day-long interactive activities and an evening presentation by EFC alums from the early decades of the program through 2016 Encampers.
This day honors EFC founders Algernon D. Black and Alice K. Pollitzer, along with EFC leaders and participants over the years. There will be a slideshow, singing, refreshments and opportunities to bid in a silent auction.
Eleanor Roosevelt, Alice K. Pollitzer, Algernon D. Black at an earlier EFC fundraiser.
Whether you are able to join us or not, you can participate by placing an ad in the 70th anniversary commemorative program to honor or remember someone(s): your EFC year; Al Black or Alice Pollitzer; anyone who inspires you. Ad prices start at $50. Deadline for ad book reservation is September 24.
Cost of registration is on a sliding scale: standard $125, youth rate $25, Help another alum participate $250, Sustainer $500 (or more!) — help the EFC grow! Deadline for event reservation is November 10.
Let us know if you need financial assistance to attend. Please contact the EFC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-515-6775 for more information, to register or to place an ad.
Event will be held at the New York Society for Ethical Culture,
2 West 64th Street, New York, NY 10023
Eleanor Roosevelt, early EFC supporter, and EFC founder Al Black with Encampers.
EFC'S ORIGINS: FROM DREAM TO REALITY
Al Black's sons, David and Jonathan, and nephew Elliott, will host a reception at 5 p.m. on November 19 for participants in the 70th Anniversary Celebration. This is an opportunity to hear (and share) stories about the founding of the EFC, the co-founders, and the early years. Please join us for this rare opportunity!
“It’s important to look at the Encampment as what this country is really about — the whole promise of America — as the Great Experiment. Our country dared to bring different people from all over the world together under the promise that we could not just live together but grow together and become something that’s a little bit bigger than ourselves individually. The Encampment gives you an opportunity to do that. The Encampers come together with different perspectives and values, and grapple with putting together their own government for the time that they are going to live here, how they are going to govern themselves, what rules they are going to abide by — that’s a powerful lesson for life.” Steve Davis, EFC board member