Neal Goldberg Emergency Fund

Dear Med-O-Larkers, SGFers, and friends,

I had the pleasure, just like many of you, of growing up in a sleepy little town in Washington, Maine.  I was a camper at Med-o-Lark in 1984 - 87 and went back as a counselor in 1992.

The person responsible for curating that experience is Neal Goldberg, who was MOL Director for twenty-four seasons, SGF Camp Counselor and Director, Founder and Director of the Learning Center in Jamaica and friend to many.

 Living in West Palm Beach, FL, I have stayed in touch with Neal over the years.  Whether it was seeing him sell crystals at the Lincoln Market in Miami Beach or at the antique fair in West Palm Beach.  Neal was always gracious and watching him perform a magic trick for my kid was nostalgic.

My heart dropped when I got a call from Neal last week.  I could tell from his energy, something was very wrong.

While teaching provided Neal a regular income during “normal” times…. Things are not normal, and they do not appear things will be “normal” for the foreseeable future.

I did that math.  Even with social security, Neal is at a serious deficit.  Complicating matters is the urgent need for medical and dental care.  In order to keep Neal in his house for a year and be able to tend to his medical and dental issues Neal needs to raise $30,000.

Neal shared with me he has enough money to make until September, but after that, with no foreseeable income on the horizon, he will be homeless.

Neal had a meaningful impact on me and the person I turned into and thousands of other campers and counselors, and hopefully yours!  I have never started a GoFundMe for any reason, but am willing to do it to help Neal get back on his feet.   Thank you and special thanks to M-O-L Theater Director BARI WILLERFORD for his assistance with this project. 

Let us all get behind this important cause to assist our lifetime friend, Neal.

Eddie Stephens
Equity Partner, WARD DAMON Law Firm

Donations

  • Elissa VanDeursen 
    • $100 
    • 14 hrs
  • Rachael Blumberg 
    • $150 
    • 16 hrs
  • Gary Bicket 
    • $100 
    • 1 d
  • Sarah Wigman 
    • $50 
    • 1 d
  • David Block 
    • $150 
    • 1 d
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Organizer

Eddie Stephens 
Organizer
West Palm Beach, FL
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