Camp Taylor, a non-profit organization that offers camps and support opportunities for children with heart diseases and their families, has acquired the 22-acre site formerly known as the Stanislaus County Honor Farm for the asking price of $723,000.
The property, which formerly housed Sheriff’s Department inmates, administrative offices, a dining hall, shop building, and water storage and treatment facilities, is located on West Grayson Road, west of Turlock near Laird Park.
Camp Taylor Executive Director and Founder Kimberlie Gamino, mother to Camp Taylor namesake, says the land will give the organization more chances to serve more children with heart disease than ever before.
Camp Taylor, which regularly holds camps in Turlock, has gained more and more exposure in recent years following the formation of a partnership with San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Pitman High School graduate Colin Kaepernick.
Earlier this year, Camp Taylor also teamed up with Turlock Unified School District and Turlock Junior High School student Ethan Millerick to market and raise funds for its signature program, “Heart Camp,” through selling t-shirts with the familiar No. 7 of Kaepernick.
“We are so very excited to have secured the purchase of the former Honor Farm,” Gamino wrote in an e-mail to TurlockCityNews.com. “We are overjoyed to work with Stanislaus County on this exciting new endeavor. We know this is going to take us to the next level as a non-profit organization. We have many new and exciting things planned.”
At this time she did not have any specific details as to what expanded programs the land will provide for Camp Taylor or when such plans would come to fruition, however she explained Camp Taylor is in the midst of planning and the primary step was acquiring the land at Honor Farm.
Camp Taylor currently has administrative offices in Visalia.