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The Peter Lai Scholarship Fund at Project Morry

Dear Camp Families,

It is with a very heavy heart that we share the news that Peter Lai, our “Everything Guy,” passed away on Friday, October 1st, 2021 after a valiant battle with cancer.

For 36 years, Peter touched the lives of countless angels and staff members with his kindness, humility, calm demeanor, work ethic, and contagious smile.

With an amazing ability to connect to people, he knew everyone’s name, both while they were at camp and when they returned as alumni to visit. Peter’s role was in Operations, assisting in the dining room, giving out snacks, paying bills, and so many other intangibles. His hands truly touched every aspect of camp. He was our “postman” collecting letters at dinner and delivering packages to the office. He ensured that the sunscreen boxes were filled and there was drinking water on the playing fields. He gave out snacks and loved playing guessing games with the girls. And of course, we can’t forget that he was our food specialist. Peter stood under the clock in the dining hall during every meal taking care of all of our picky eaters by finding a bagel, a box of cereal or a grilled cheese when no other options would suffice. For our allergy campers, he was their source of security- whether it was at camp or on a trip- he knew what they could eat and made them feel safe. We could go on and on…

In whatever he did, he was the ultimate giver. Nothing was beneath him, and he would volunteer to do anything, without ever seeking any recognition. He never asked for help, just gave it to everyone, regardless of the time of day or night. We will forever remember him driving his golf cart, covered in blue tape, with a big, bright smile.

We are overwhelmed (and not surprised) by the incredible outpouring of love we have received over the past few days with the news about Peter. Many of you have asked about making a donation and we believe the best way to honor Peter is through his lifelong commitment to camp and children. The Peter Lai Scholarship Fund at Project Morry has been established with a significant contribution from the Kagan family.

Peter was a longtime supporter of Project Morry, an organization that empowers young people from under-resourced communities through learning experiences throughout the year and at their summer camp. Founded in 1995, Project Morry was inspired by the vision of camping legend Morry Stein, who recognized the significant positive impact camping had on the lives of young people. He believed that every child should have the opportunity to enjoy a fun filled time away from home in a safe environment.

Please consider a donation in honor of Peter. All donations will be anonymous.


Jane, Dan & Eliza