Amidst great community support, Camp Hope recently held another successful event. Camp Hope's second annual fundraising dinner was held Feb 2 at the Battle Ground Community Center, despite threatening weather and other adverse events. Around $27,000 was raised toward the Camp Hope cause of empowering youth to face life's challenges through the principles of trust, truth and unconditional love. The Camp Hope team wishes to extend heartfelt gratitude to every person who made this event so successful—on many levels.
The community support, despite the freezing temps, was overwhelming—from functional and lovely donated auction items to enthusiastic bidders to plenty of youthful auction helpers. Beautiful flowers, campy décor and live music added to the warm festive atmosphere as attendees bid on silent auction items and perused the live auction offerings in the well-designed event guide. Guests were seated and the fun continued. After updates from Camp Hope, dinner was served by Summerland Catering—who once again gave a generous discount for their fine fare.
Soon, expert auctioneer, Dan Friess began doing what only a seasoned auctioneer can do—create an entertaining atmosphere, while inviting involvement and competitive bidding. During a special-ask opportunity, a generous donation from New Tradition Homes (and unanimous others) allowed for matching funds. Many camp champions raised their paddles to offer their financial support of the Camp Hope cause, which is rooted in the belief that working together we can make a difference in the lives of kids in our community – by providing a place of love, support, and connections.
Through monthly day camps, which run from March – November, Camp Hope provides that safe happy place. Last year, hundreds of kids attended interactive, skill-building day camps. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive and plans are well underway for another grand season. Their anonymous comments included these, "this was the best day of my life," "coming to camp made me feel happy, stress-free and more social," and "the people I met here were friendly, it's like a big family."
At the auction, guests were invited to remember what it was like as a child – running through the woods, gathering with friends around campfires, hearing stories told by grown-ups, feeling a sense of belonging, and being a part of the larger community. At Camp Hope, that same kind of atmosphere exists. Through the day camps, many kids are served across all socio-economic spheres - from a broad range of demographics and backgrounds. All youth are welcome—to a place of love and learning and connections, through a caring and growth-oriented atmosphere.