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Camp Sundown 2021 Golf Ball Drop

The Camp Sundown 2021 Golf Ball Drop will take place Sunday, October 24, 2021 at the Copake Country Club, 44 Golf Course Road, Craryville, NY, 12521.

The event runs 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Here’s how this very cool event works.

You buy a numbered golf ball for $25. At 2:00 pm your ball, along with hundreds of others will drop from a helicopter onto a makeshift “green” on Copake Country Club’s  first fairway. Balls that find their way into one of several holes will win prizes.

Thousands of dollars worth of prizes along with a top cash prize of $1000 will literally drop out of the sky.

You need not be present to win.

Winning numbers will be posted at and winners not present contacted the evening of the event.

A raffle of all patron tickets will also be held after the drop for local items, as well as a regular raffle and 50/50 drawing on site that day. The Greens Restaurant will be open for purchase of refreshments and fine foods.

To buy your golf balls go here:

You can also buy your balls on the day of the event.

If you are a golfer, this may be the most expensive ball you have ever purchased, but it will be the most meaningful, because the proceeds from this event will help sustain Camp Sundown, a sanctuary for very special children.

When Dan and Caren Mahar’s youngest daughter Katie was diagnosed with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) they wanted her to have a “normal childhood” and to be able to go to camp. For children, like Katie, a day camp would be painful, and potentially life threatening. Children with XP can not stand even limited exposure to the sun or other types of ultraviolet light. The Mahars’ dream of creating a “night camp” began in 1996 as an XP family retreat in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Thanks to many generous donors, in 2003, Camp Sundown Retreat House was opened in Craryville, NY.

The single most important project of the XP Society, Camp Sundown is an annual gathering of XP families and leading researchers for a family retreat and medical conference. Camp Sundown brings together children and their families to share experiences, information and laughter under the safety of the stars. This day camp experience runs on a different time clock. Turning night into day, Camp Sundown provides a week of fun, friendship and activities.  For families and children dealing with XP on a daily basis, this is a dream come true.

The camp experience is free to all children.

For questions or more information about the event or Camp Sundown, please contact Caren@518-929-2174 or at


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