The David S. Zocchi Memorial Fund Presents:

Pink Lemonade, a Summer Soiree - honoring courageous women and raising funds for Camp Jinka, a youth camp for those whose family lives have been affected by a brain tumor or other traumatic loss

MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ:  All are invited to join in honoring and celebrating women who have triumphed over tragedy in their lives. They picked themselves up and through their personal loss have found the inner strength to do great things for others. It is a celebratory evening, of women overcoming trauma and giving back to those who can be helped by their example and their extended hand. 

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Who: Everyone is invited to celebrate

What: Pink Lemonade a Summer Soiree to raise funds for Camp Jinka

Where: Salt Creek Grille, 4 Bingham Ave.  Rumson, NJ 07760

When:  July 25th, 2019, 6pm-10pm  

CLICK HERE For ticket reservations, sponsorship opportunities and to donate to Camp Jinka. 

The incredible women being honored for the 2019 Pink Lemonade a Summer Soiree Event are:

Donna Ongsiako, Founder of Survivors of Violent Crimes. Donna is the survivor of a brutal attempted murder attack in her Colts Neck home. She works as a volunteer with Monmouth County, offering help to individuals that are victims of random violent crimes. Ongsiako also speaks at colleges and prisons about her own personal story of survival, the impact of violence on the victim and how she copes with PTSD. There is a link to Donna's story beneath this article. 

Lisa Luckett, Author of The Light in 911, Shocked by Kindness, Healed by Love Luckett's husband's life was taken by the 911 attack. Within weeks of her tragic loss, Luckett vowed that she would make something good come from the nightmare of the death of her beloved husband and all of the others in the devastating event that changed our world forever. With a warrior's will, Lisa reframed her struggle and pain into a fast track for personal growth and positive change for herself and her young family. 

Wendy Berk, LCSW Brain Cancer Advocate, her husband's life was taken by a brain tumor.  She served as the social worker for the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center at Monmouth Medical Center and Voices Against Brain Cancer, where she provided supportive counseling, case management and facilitated support groups.  Berk is the Vice President of the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey and has been a volunteer for Camp Jinka since it began. 

Mikayla Berk, Camp Jinka Ambassador, her father was taken by a brain tumor when she was 2 years old. She was a member of the Camp Jinka program for the last 10 years, first as a camper herself and then growing into a camp counselor position and social media manager. Mikayla is now a Junior at the University of Miami School of Nursing.

The Pink Lemonade event is to raise funding for Camp Jinka, a fun filled, art-based, free summer day camp for children and teens who are working through loss and trauma in their own lives. 

Judy Zocchi and the History of Camp Jinka and Pink Lemonade: 

Twenty months after her husband David passed away from brain cancer, Judy Zocchi, had raised all of the funds, and worked with Monmouth Medical Center to open up the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center.  Zocchi did this while she continued to fulfill an international book deal and run Dingles & Company, a children’s edutainment company. In addition, she was asked to help several other organizations achieve their goals with her innovative thinking.
 
“Opening the David S. Zocchi Brain Tumor Center was my way to preserve my incredible husband’s legacy and to help serve those who were struggling with the news of a difficult diagnosis that would change their lives forever.” said Zocchi. 
 
Shortly after the center was open, Judy then set her sight on the children whose parents were diagnosed or died from a brain tumor. She founded a free, summer camp for kids with a parent who is battling an illness or has passed away. This unique camp offers creative indoor and outdoor acivities while encouraging expression and connection with others having a similar life experience. The camp is art based and culminates in a magnificant exhibit at the Middletown Arts Center.  

This year, Camp Jinka is in its 10th summer and Zocchi is holding Pink Lemonade to raise funds and keep the camp free to those children who need it.  She has also expanded Camp Jinka's mission to include children who have a chronically ill parent or who have lost a parent from other cancers, diseases, sudden death, drug overdose, suicide, mental illness, active military or violent crime.   "Camp Jinka began by helping families affected by brain tumors and now we have expanded it to accept any child or teen suffering from loss. There is a great need now to help families going through loss."

At Camp Jinka children find a place where they can relate with other children and teens who may be going through similar life loss experiences. Over the last 10 years,  lifelong friendships have been formed. "Once a Jinka, always a Jinka," Zocchi says affectionately.  "The kids become part of a community with others that 'get it'.  It's powerful. They support each other. They love each other. They never leave. We have 20-year-olds, who were our first campers, and each summer they take time off of work to come back and support the new children who have recently suffered a loss. It's pure magic."

Pink Lemonade honors women who have taken lemons and made lemonade from them.  Zocchi continues, “I started this event because people would always praise me for the work I did opening the center right after I lost Dave.  I would respond by telling them that there are a lot of amazing women who do the same thing.  Pink Lemonade is a way to honor those women and raise funds for Camp Jinka at the same time.”

Registration for free Camp Jinka held at the Middletown Arts Center from July 8th-26, M-F, 9am-3pm is at campjinka.org

To email Judy Zocchi directly click here. 

CLICK HERE For ticket reservations, sponsorship opportunities and to donate to Camp Jinka. 

CLICK HERE  For more information about Camp Jinka and to register for the camp for 2018 which runs out of the Middletown Arts Center on weekdays from 9am-3pm from July 8th-26th

CLICK HERE FOR the article about Donna Ongsiako.  

The Camp Jinka Mission:

Camp Jinka is a free summer program for kids and teens whose lives have been impacted by loss.  Children attending camp have a parent or sibling who is battling an illness or has passed away.  This unique camp offers creative indoor and outdoor activities while encouraging expression and connection with others having a similar life experience.

For ten years Camp Jinka has focused on children whose parents were diagnosed or passed from a brain tumor and other cancers.  We have expanded to include children who have a chronically ill parent or a deceased parent from other diseases, such as sudden death, drug overdose, suicide, mental illness, active military duty, violent crime... Camp Jinka is a welcoming environment for any child or teen suffering from loss.