In her life, Hazel Dillon was known for her loving generosity. “She embraced everybody. Everyone was included. If there was someone who didn’t have a place to go, she invited them,” shared Hazel’s daughter, Lori Sajevic.
Now, Hazel’s memory will live on in an inviting new 12,000 square foot building at our TrailHead site that will serve as a safe, comfortable space for our youngest campers to stay each summer, and welcome retreat and conference guests throughout the rest of the year.
“Kids are changing, and improving sleeping conditions for our youngest campers will help them feel safe and comfortable here at camp,” NLOM Executive Director Jason Gerdes shared. “A positive first-time experience at camp starts a chain reaction. When kids return to camp year after year, their faith, confidence, and leadership skills continue to grow and have a significant impact on not only their life, but also their family, church, and community.”
The Hazel Dillon Lodge will be a place where people of all ages will grow in their faith, love, and service to our Lord.
“She had a strong faith,” said Hazel’s husband, Sid Dillon, Sr. “We wouldn’t be here today if the Lord hadn’t blessed us.” Sid shared that the family enjoyed camping trips together as the kids were growing up, and that Hazel “had a great time” when she had a chance to stay at the Carol Joy Holling Center with friends. Sid said making the lead gift for this project “just seemed right.”
Construction of the new Hazel Dillon Lodge was blessed at a service on July 24 presided by Pr. Sarah Ruch, a former Carol Joy Holling Camp camper and Summer Ministry Team member.
The $3.2 Million building will serve as the TrailHead site’s dining hall and storm shelter. Sleeping rooms in the basement of the lodge will provide a restful night’s sleep for elementary-age campers starting next summer.
The Hazel Dillon Lodge has been made possible by many generous friends of camp. We are nearing the finish line in funding this new facility, with only $75,000 left to raise. During this challenging year, we are thankful for the hope and continued progress this project provides!