About Us

Organization

Heads Up! Hartford is guided by a board of directors made up of individuals who believe that we are stronger together and are dedicated to the continued success of the organization, including a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Board is responsible for financial oversight and funding of the camp, as well as recruitment of the Operations Committee.


The Operations Committee is responsible for planning and executing the camp itself, in cooperation with the Youth Advisory Board. This board is made up of students from each participating organization. Each of these groups reports to the Board of Directors.

Our 15 Year History!

In 2003, the founder of the camp, Denny Moon, and other individuals were contemplating what to name the camp. Denny proposed “Heads Up! Hartford” and all agreed to use it as a temporary working title. The name stuck because of its multiple meanings.  It is a phrase of encouragement: “Keep your head up Hartford, you’re doing great.” It is meant to raise awareness: “Look out, Hartford, something fantastic is happening here!” And it is a biblical allusion to the passage: “Lift your heads, O gates! And be lifted up O ancient doors, that the king of glory may come in.” (Psalm 24:7)


This founding committee organized the camp, recruited the participants, and sought funding for the idea. The camp included 70 youth and 18 adults and worked almost exclusively on playground improvement and interaction with the children of Hartford Head Start, sponsored by the Community Renewal Team.


By gathering the youth together and giving them meaningful responsibilities, they developed leadership skills, an appreciation for diversity, and an understanding of the power of giving back to the community. Over time, the founding committee was encouraged to create a more permanent organization. We formed a Board of Directors. Attorneys Patricia Haught and Priya S. Morganstern, Director Nonprofit Pro-Bono Initiative and the Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative at the University of Connecticut School of Law provided pro-bono assistance and helped us apply for the IRS exemption status for non-profits which we received on June 28, 2005.


Funding

 We are funded by grants from philanthropic foundations, sponsorships from businesses, gifts from individuals, camper registrations, and offerings from participating churches. 


We also receive a number of services and products which are donated by local businesses. 


We accept donations online and via check.

Camp Leadership

Board of Directors

Adah Dionne, President

Dennis Scarpa, Vice President

Basil Mahoney, Treasurer

Taylor Coon, Secretary

Nolan Dionne, Camp Director

Anna Tansi, Assistant Camp Director

Deb Bibbins

Tyron Harris

Aaliyah Miller

Rev. Linda Spiers

Gayle Wilcox

Rev. Denny Moon, Founder

Operations Committee

Nolan Dionne, Camp Director

Anna Tansi, Assistant Camp Director & Staff Training Coordinator

Cheryl Turner, Camp Nurse

Gayle Wilcox, Volunteer Coordinator, Youth Advisory Board Advisor & Technical Advisor

Rev. Linda Spiers

Fred Dudley, Church Rep Coordinator, Survey Master & Outreach Coordinator

Patti Cole, Coordinator For Work Sites

Erika Demke, Registration Coordinator

Rev. Rowena Kemp

Shelby Demke

Rev. Dawn Karlson

Latoya Watson

Briannon Chester

Theresa Murawski

Staff

Andrew Aramini

Brian Barnett

Briannon Chester

Patti Cole

Rachel Conte

Jonathan Corey

Chuck Davis

Shelby Demke

Krista Dionne

Dominic DiTomasso

Fred Dudley

Annabelle Duva

Jillian Edwards

Pete Eze

Pat King

Samantha LaFargue

Shirley Murant-Johnson

We are thankful for our Sponsors!

Farmington Bank

Farmington Bank is proud to support Heads Up! Hartford. Established in 1851, Farmington Bank is a full-service consumer and commercial bank with an ongoing commitment to contribute to the betterment of the communities in its region. Visit farmingtonbankct.com to explore the many ways Farmington Bank can help you reach your financial goals. 

Fairview Capital Partners, Inc.

Fairview Capital Partners

Fairview Capital Partners is a leading private equity investment management firm specializing in dynamic segments of the market. Fairview Capital Partner's areas of focus include top-tier venture capital and next generation managers as well as co-investment and transition management.  Founded in 1994, Fairview provides innovative, intelligent, investment solutions and services to institutional investors. Since inception, Fairview has managed $3.9 billion through funds of funds, customized separate accounts and other innovative structures. 

Fiduciary Investment Advisors


Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC is an independent, employee-owned investment consulting firm that works with fiduciary clients including retirement plan sponsors, institutions, non-profit organizations and private clients. They provide customized investment advisory services to assist clients in achieving their investment objectives while fulfilling their fiduciary obligations. They currently advise over $64 billion in total assets. FIA is a registered investment advisor, and as such is a fiduciary and provides conflict-free advice.


Mitchell Auto Group

As a proud cornerstone of Connecticut commerce and family values for nearly 100 years, Mitchell Auto Group's mission is to provide its customers with the safest and most reliable vehicles available in the New England market, and do so by way of sales and service experiences that instill total satisfaction.  

Carmon Community Funeral Homes

Each of Carmon's funeral homes offers a complete range of services in tastefully decorated, serene surroundings. Professionally trained and licensed staff members stand ready to provide sensitive, caring service and strive to exceed the expectations of each and every family.

Our communities are wonderfully diverse in religious beliefs, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds. Carmon's staff truly appreciates these differences, and their training includes heartfelt understanding and respect for the special needs of all whom they serve.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Trinity Church strives to be a loving, diverse, energetic, and committed community in the Anglican tradition, a place where the love of Christ is known and shared with others. We believe that every human being is a beloved child of God. Trinity is a place of welcome, hope, and healing to everyone, regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or socioeconomic status. For more than 150 years the members of Trinity have served God and neighbor through ministries of welcome, hope and healing.

East Granby Congregational Church

East Granby Congregational Church  is a member church of the United Church of Christ. We affirm that Christians don’t always have to agree about everything, in order to live together in a church family. As a church family, we believe that we are called to love God, and to love our neighbors. 

Annual Report

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