BATH | A Bath family was recently among the winners of the Fresh Air Fund’s 2014 annual photo contest, but that wasn’t the greatest reward.
“We were so happy to spend time with Franky,” said Lori Fuller. “It was great.”
Franky Acevedo Nunez, 10, of Brooklyn, was in Bath the first two weeks of July.
Sharlys Leszczuk, a Fresh Air spokesman, said the winners were selected from the hundreds of photos submitted by volunteer host families across 13 states from Virginia to Maine as well as Canada.
The photos reflect the experiences shared with the families and their visitors.
Lori said it was a program that her and her husband, Tim, looked into.
“We were interested in hosting a kid,” Lori said. “It was an excellent experience for everybody; we had a ball. One thing I found that was interesting was we had all of these activities that we wanted to do with him, but he was happy to just be here at the house. Franky loved being outside, doing outside activities.
Lori Fuller said the time with Franky was great and the family plans to host another child next summer.
“This was our first time doing this,” Lori said. “It was better than we expected. It was different than we expected, but I have absolutely no complaints.”
She said the family remains in contact with Franky.
“Social media is great for that,” Lori said. “He’ll contact us every once in a while. It’s great to hear from him.”
Lori said she and her husband enjoyed taking their children, Courtney and Mitchell, to Disney World and other special places and were excited to see Franky explore a new environment.
“The fun of the parent is watching them experience that,” Lori said. “With Franky it was when he’s seeing wildlife in our yard, try to sneak up on a rabbit or watch a deer across the road. He loved that time; so did we.”
Leszczuk said the Fullers’ photos were determined the winner in the “Hiking” and “Host Parents” categories.
The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children from low-income communities since 1877.