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The Golden Bat Mitzvah Family Spotlight

Hi all,

When the Golden family started planning their daughter Ally’s Bat Mitzvah service and celebration, they all agreed on one thing, they didn’t want a one-day event!

Instead they booked a full weekend at a sleepaway camp. Trail’s End in Beach Lake, Pennsylvania became Camp Ally for a beautiful fall weekend in September.

Their service and party were a perfect combination of camp fun and an elegant party. We thank them for sharing all their photos and great ideas with Mitzvah Market.

Photography was done by Simphonic Events and all other vendor information is listed at the bottom of this spotlight.

Pictured above L-R: Sister Dani, Mom Leslie, Dad Lee and Bat Mitzvah girl Ally

 

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Trail’s End sleepaway camp was the location for Ally’s fun-filled weekend.

 

 

 

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Trial’s End Camp…

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is converted into Camp Ally!

 

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Many of Ally’s friends from home and camp friends arrived by chartered bus.

 

 

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Ally’s friends arrive for their weekend of fun!

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Everyone heads to their bunks before lunch

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Trail’s End had golf carts on hand to help bring guests and luggage to the bunks

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Guests check out their accommodations

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Each guest found their bed made, a flashlight, water bottle and drawstring bag with the theme, Peace, Love, Camp Ally!

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A picnic lunch is served to guests

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Ally’s friends get together for a group picture before beginning afternoon activities

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Some guests enjoyed hitting balls on the golf range

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Counselors were on hand to organize activities like basketball for the younger guests

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and swimming…

 

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The Goldens wanted their invitation to reflect the theme of camp and hired Amy Wohl, FabuDesigns to design a fun camp invite and save the date.

 

 

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Their “save the date” was a rustic single mount card and set the mood for their weekend Bat Mitzvah celebration

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The same design was followed for the actual invitation. The pocket folder had 4 inserts including a packing list, rsvp, direction and transportation cards

They also created a Website filled with information for their guests at www.campally.com.

 

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The Golden girls all looked great for the evening service and party!

 

 

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Ally and Dani both found their dresses at Party Girl in Tenafly. Mom Leslie is wearing a Dolce and Gabanna dress

 

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The Goldens had Ally’s service on the lake. What a beautiful setting!

 

 

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The beach area is ready for the service

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Lorraine Litvin Mann officiated the service by the lake

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Special siddurs created by Artistic Displays

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What a beautiful setting

 

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The dining hall at Trail’s End was renovated a few years ago and is a great party space.

 

 

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The dining hall featuring a “Camp Ally” blue flag

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The large dining hall before it’s transformed for Ally’s party

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Entrance to the Camp Ally celebration

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Signage

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Place cards continued the campy feel!

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Centerpieces were created by local Honesdale Greenhouse Flowershop

 

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Trail’s End created this adorable “bunk” cake covered in pretzel logs and graham crackers!

 

 

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Instead of a traditional candle lighting ceremony, Ally decided to light one candle

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Pure Energy provided the music entertainment for the party with Jared as the MC.

 

 

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Ally “makes her entrance”

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The guests all having fun!

 

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Ally’s sign-in book was created by Artistic Displays and continued the “peace, love, Camp Ally” theme.

 

 

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Camp Ally

 

 

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After the celebration, guests traded their high heels for flip flops and headed back to the beach for smores and a surprise fireworks display!

 

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Everyone enjoyed making smores by the camp fire!

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A beautiful surprise fireworks display lighted up the sky over the lake

 

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Ally’s friends received sweatshirts created by Gotham T-shirts and all guests enjoyed a photo booth provided by Simphonic Events.

 

 

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Peace, Love, Camp Ally!

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Photo favors by Simphonic Events

 

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Ally attends sleepaway Camp Robindel during the summers. Two years ago, one of her bunkmates, Rachel, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma and has not been able to return to camp. To honor Rachel’s spirit and courage, Ally decided to dedicate her Mitzvah project to her.

She volunteered at Sunrise Day Camp, the only day camp in the country for kids with cancer and their siblings. On May 2, Ally and her camp friends participated in Planting Day. And, on June 6, she and her friends and family participated in a Walk-a-Thon at the camp. She raised almost $2500 for Sunrise Day Camp!

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Mitzvah Mom Leslie is already looking forward to planning her younger daughter’s celebration. She has this advice for our Mitzvah planning Moms. “The key to a successful party is a relaxed host…once your event starts, let your trusted vendors run the show so you can enjoy yourself.”

She then adds, “It takes a village to plan a weekend away and I couldn’t have pulled this off without the help of my two wonderful sisters!”

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Leslie’s sisters, Melissa and Andrea with Dani and Ally

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Each of Ally’s guests received the bracelet below with their “thank you” note!

 

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Rubber silicone bracelets from Off The Cuff were customized for Ally’s weekend celebration

 

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The following Vendors helped to make Camp Ally a huge success. If you give any a call, please tell them you read about their services on MitzvahMarket.com. Thanks!

 

Venue: Ryan Peters, Trail’s End Camp
Caterer:
Jerry Egan, Trail’s End Camp
Invitation, Save The Date & Graphic Design:
Amy Wohl, FabuDesigns
Sweatshirts/Drawstrings bags
: Howard Zwang, Gotham T-shirt
Place cards/Sign-in book/Banner Camp Ally/Siddur:
Lori Zaransky, Artistic Displays
Flags/Flashlight
: Good As Gold
Photog/Videographer/Montage/photo favor: Simphonic Events
Fireworks:
Trail’s End Camp
Smores:
Trail’s End Camp
Cake:
Trail’s End Camp
Florist:
Honesdale Greenhouse Flowershop
Girls Dresses:
Party Girl in Tenafly
Mitzvah Mom Leslie’s Dress:
Dolce and Gabanna
Dad’s Suit: Nordstrom
Bracelets
: Michelle Collins, Off The Cuff 516-459-6495 or braceyourselfnow@hotmail.com
Water Bottles: Pride Products
Officiator of Service: Lorraine Litvin Mann

 

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