AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL CAMPERS, STAFF & VOLUNTEERS AT THE JOHN J. NERDEN REGIONAL TRAINING CENTER CAMP IN MIDDLEFIELD, CONNECTICUT.  BY FRANK LOGIUDICE
Letter submitted to www.TakeAnotherStep.com and used with the permission of Frank Logiudice

On May 25, 2007, I received two first place photography awards from the
Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists for photos that appeared in
the Town Times and the Record-Journal newspapers.

The Town Times 1st Place Photo Award was for a news photo titled “Hardy Kids
At The Penguin Plunge.”  The second first place award was for a photo layout
that appeared in the “Front Porch” section of the Record-Journal titled
“John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp.”
When I went to accept the second award I was very happy not just for myself but for the campers at the John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp in Middlefield.  On my way up to get my award I remembered all of the RTC Campers smiles when I photographed them last year and in previous years.  I was very happy to win this award on their behalf.  I enjoy photographing and writing about the RTC Camp participants so the general public would know about their abilities,
and the fine work the staff & volunteers do for people with disabilities.  I
would like to thank all of the campers, staff & volunteers at the John J.
Nerden Regional Training Center Camp for allowing me to photograph the RTC
Campers and their beautiful camp.

In addition, I would like to thank the Record-Journal Publishing Company for
publishing my photos & articles in their various media outlets such as the
Record-Journal, www.MyRecord-Journal.Com and the Town Times.
I appreciate this very much because it allows me the opportunity to promote causes that I truly believe in such as the Greater Middletown Special Olympics, the annual Penguin Plunge in Middletown, the John J. Nerden Regional Training Center Camp in Middlefield and the annual Saint Sebastian’s Festival-”I Nuri” Run. 
Specifically, I would like to thank retired “Front Porch” Editor Dorothy
Hall, current “Front Porch” Editor Debbie Leoni, everyone at the
Record-Journal and Sue Vanderzee, Editor of the Town Times.

Again, I would like to thank everyone who made these awards possible!

Sincerely,
Frank LoGiudice