Celebrating 50 years in 2022! In 1970, the Stone Harbor Lions Club committed to finance the project with a $6,000 pledge. Sherwood House at 127 26th Street was purchased for $48,750. The first year of summer camp was held in 1972. In 2002, the Diller Home was adopted as an Avalon Lions Club project. The Home is named in memory of island resident Helen L. Diller; her husband William Diller made a generous donation in her memory to honor her dedication and contribution to the community. Since its first summer of operation, nearly 8,500 blind and visually impaired children have enjoyed an opportunity to experience an all-expenses paid week of summer camp.
Support of the Home is provided by volunteerism, foundation grants, general donations and community organizations. It costs approximately $1,500 to sponsor one camper for a one-week vacation at the Home. Key benefactors include Tim Kerr Charities, Inc., the Avalon Lions Club, and The William G. and Helen C. Hoffman foundation. The Home is a NJ Lions International District 16C supported project. Together, our benefactors make it possible for each camper to enjoy a summer vacation at no cost to their families!