June 17, 2013

Benefactor Donates $300K To Barton Center

A late benefactor with a family history of support for The Barton Center for Diabetes Education in Oxford has left $300,000 to the center's campership endowment fund, the largest personal donation ever made to the fund.

The money was presented to the Barton Center by Gordon A. Carpenter, from the estate of his brother, Brooks H. Carpenter, according to the center. The money will help children with Type 1 diabetes attend resident, day and adventure camp programs.

Brooks H. Carpenter was the son of Beatrice B. Carpenter, who was a member of the Women's National Missionary Association of the Universalist Church. The church founded the Clara Barton Camp for Girls with Diabetes in 1932, shortly after the discovery of insulin, according to the Barton Center, which now owns and operates the camp.

"We are very grateful that the Carpenter family has actively supported The Barton Center and its programs for decades, serving on the board and advising staff on countless issues," said Thomas C. Lynch, chairman of the center's board of directors, adding that the $300,000 donation "adds to a true legacy of commitment to (the center's) mission."

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