David "Shakespeare" Miller
The 2021 People’s Choice Award goes to Dave Miller!
David “Shakespeare” Miller has been volunteering for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation since 1993. Dave first became involved when he attended Champ Camp at the urging of Pali, one of the original Champ Camp Directors, and his roommate from college. Dave met his wife Smiley and fell in love at camp, and they were married in 1996. Dave has done it all, from being the Camp Director at Champ Camp to serving on our Board of Directors in all capacities. He has done every job there is at Champ Camp and has attend almost all AARBF events.
“For us, it’s all about the kids”. The kids are just amazing. I love the creativity part and the fun but for us, it was really about how great the kids are and our whole goal was getting the kids as active as possible and trying new things.
A fun memory for David was at, “Campfire – there was a time when we were trying to amp up the campfire and Riverway would come out and do a flash mob (first one ever). The energy after it was so amazing that the counselors complained that they couldn’t get the kids to sleep.”
Fellow volunteers and families describe Dave as energetic, witty, and with a huge heart! One volunteer stated, when nominating Dave for this award, “Shakes is a legend, you hear his name and the stories at camp, and he is all that and so much more. “
Thank you, Dave “Shakespeare” for your many years of service and for all that you do for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation!