WALDEN - Walden residents, the Rhubin and Butts family, celebrated the simple things with The Fresh Air Fund and were among the winners of The Fresh Air Fund’s 2013 Photo Contest! All winners were selected from the hundreds of pictures sent in by volunteer host families across 13 states from Virginia to Maine and Canada, reflecting the memorable experiences they shared with their New York City visitors this past summer. Categories include Barefoot Through the Grass, Master Chefs and Carwash Craziness.
The Rhubin and Butts family’s photos were determined the winners in the Boats and Tubing and Fun on the Farm categories, and feature Fresh Air visitor, eleven-year-old Lida, experiencing the simple summertime joys in New York. "We’ve enjoyed having Lida visit through the years. She has become a member of our family," said host mom Stacy Rhubin.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877. Fresh Air children are boys and girls, from six to 18 years old, who live in New York City. Children on first-time visits are six to 12 years old and stay for one or two weeks. Children who are re-invited by host families may continue with The Fresh Air Fund through age 18 and can enjoy extended trips. Over 65 percent of all children are reinvited to stay with their host families, year after year.