Greenville taco dinner benefits Camp Wah Wah Tay See

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:02 am on Monday, May 07, 2012

GREENVILLE — Enjoy an authentic, homemade Mexican dinner — and help a camp for disabled youths and adults at the same time.

The St. Charles Knights of Columbus will host a taco dinner Tuesday to benefit Camp Wah Wah Tay See.

The fourth annual dinner will take place from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at St. Charles Church, 505 S. Franklin St. in Greenville. The meal will be served in exchange for donations.

Kathy Tissue is the chairwoman of the board for Camp Wah Wah Tay See. She said the authentic, made-from-scratch meal will be prepared by members of the Knights of Columbus and will include ground beef tacos with a variety of toppings, bean soup, guacamole, ice cream, cookies, coffee and punch.

“It’s not Taco Bell,” Tissue summarized.

A silent auction will also take place, featuring handcrafted items made by local artists, including pottery, woodcrafts and other “very unique things,” Tissue said.

The event will also provide people with the chance to meet Michelle Converse, the new director of Camp Wah Wah Tay See. A native of Petoskey, Converse spent many of her childhood summers at a local camp and later worked there for five years. She went on to study parks and recreation management at Lake Superior State University in the Upper Peninsula. She worked as camp director at Camp Tuhsmeheta in Greenville, which serves blind and visually-impaired adults, before taking on Camp Wah Wah Tay See duties this year.

Camp Wah Wah Tay See — Ojibwa for “Little Firefly” — was created by the Optimists Club and has been opened to youths and adults with disabilities since 1963. The camp is located on Baldwin Lake and provides an overnight tent camping experience with fishing, boating, swimming, arts/crafts, nature experiences, trips and nightly campfires.

Camp Wah Wah Tay See, known as a special camp for special people, is currently in need of financial assistance in order to stay open this summer. Operating costs are estimated to be around $55,000 — or about $250 per camper per session.

Tissue said Tuesday’s taco dinner is perfect for families who are on their way to ball practice or a similar event and need a quick place to stop for dinner, as well as for people who have more time and wish to linger and visit with other citizens or learn more about the camp.

“It’s been very popular and a lot of fun,” said Tissue of the annual event. “The food is great.”

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