Mar-Lu-Ridge Walkathon Fundraiser - 
Request for Sponsors for Gary and Christine who are walking this year in memory of Ben and his service at Mar-Lu-Ridge (and a post-event report has been added below)

Ben served as a summer camp counselor at Mar-Lu-Ridge in Jefferson, Maryland in the late 90s. The mission statement of the camp is as follows: We welcome all people to a mountaintop experience of Christian community that changes lives, makes disciples, builds friendships, and encourages care of God’s creation.

The Dining Hall at Mar-Lu-Ridge has been renovated with funds raised over the past few years along with a loan to cover the amount still to be raised.

On Sunday September 30th, a Walkathon Fundraiser will be held. We, Ben’s parents, as part of our efforts to “maintain the light” plan to be walking that day in memory of Ben and are designating any funds we raise to go toward the Dining Hall loan.  Please join us for the walk or sponsor us if you are able.

If you would like to sponsor us, please write a check payable to Mar-Lu-Ridge, noting “maintain the light” in the memo line.  You can mail checks directly to Mar-Lu-Ridge at 3200 Mar-Lu-Ridge Road, Jefferson, MD 21755 or to: Gary and Chris Horne, 4924 Andrea Avenue, Annandale, VA 22003 and we will turn in the checks on September 30th when we walk (or run)... note: Ben ran the 5 mile loop up and down the mountain many times, and Gary is prepared to run if his sponsors require it of him! :)

Anyway, another option is to donate on-line at and here is the schedule for September 30th along with some words from Mar-Lu-Ridge:

1 pm - Walkathon

Join us as we walk down and up the camp road (5 miles) to raise money for Mar-Lu-Ridge. Receipts for tax purposes will be mailed to all donors who provide their address.

5 pm - Dedication and Reception

Our newly renovated Dining Hall will be dedicated!  (Total cost of the project: $560,000, Funds raised to date: $251,000)

A ribbon cutting ceremony and reception will be held, including a chance to thank the contractors and workers who made this beautiful space possible - we welcome everyone to visit and enjoy!

Post-event report:

All went well with Gary and Christine Maintaining the Light by completing the Mar-Lu-Ridge Walkathon on September 30, 2012.  We were joined by many friends and family!  And we want to express a big thank you to all of our sponsors... especially the ones who required Gary to run the course! :)

                                                                                               Thank you to all of our sponsors!

Memories from some of Ben’s fellow camp counselors

at Mar-Lu-Ridge can be found by clicking here.