March 9, 2012
The more I learn about Caldera, the more I regret the sizable donation I recently gave the organization. Caldera was started by an incredibly wealthy ad executive years ago to introduce the arts to underprivileged children. The concept sounds wonderful. The reality, however, proves to be a giant ego trip for the founder and his wealthy friends. The camp in Central Oregon is strange. There are rustic teepees for the children to camp in. The children eat in a rustic outdoor kitchen area. They use basic gymnasium-style bathrooms and shower facilities. Overlooking the children's campground is a palatial 3000+ square foot million dollar home. This home is where the founder stays when he visits. It was designed by a world famous architect. It boasts a chef's kitchen, spa-like bathrooms, a hot tub, a grand piano, etc etc. while taking a tour of the camp, I was told a "funny" story about how all of the underprivileged black kids would wonder who the old white guy was who lived in that huge house.
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