Pete Korte Hosts 25th Annual Golf Benefit for Camp O
The 25th Annual Camp Ondessonk Golf Benefit September 12th, hosted by Pete Korte, raised over $40,000. Though this year was met with certain challenges due to COVID-19, Pete Korte, Cheetah Horstmann, and Camp Ondessonk staff forged ahead and hosted a tournament boasting 140 golfers and 85 sponsors. Thanks to the passion and dedication of Korte and his family, friends, and colleagues, more than $750,000 has been raised in the past 25 years, resulting in thousands of camper scholarships.
Pete Korte, chairman of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors Inc. in Highland, Illinois, has been involved with Camp Ondessonk for decades and his personal motto is, “It’s all for the kids!” His children and grandchildren attended Camp and served as counselors, and Pete and his generous employees have donated thousands of hours of their time, equipment, and construction expertise to build shower houses and a climbing wall, install water and electric lines, plus dozens of other building projects that have helped Camp keep tuition low for campers.
“Each year, I am truly amazed at the generosity and support displayed at our annual golf tournament hosted by Pete Korte, but the success of this year’s event, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, is incredible,” said Dan King, Camp’s executive director. “Thanks to Pete and his family, Cheetah Horstmann, the employees at Korte & Luitjohan, and all the businesses, sponsors, volunteers, and golfers who have supported the campers of Camp Ondessonk, especially in these unprecedented times.”
The funds raised through the golf tournament will benefit Camp Ondessonk, and will be used to help sustain and enhance programs, to fund scholarships that allow children of all income levels to experience Camp, and to fund new initiatives that fulfill Camp’s mission to provide exceptional outdoor and spiritual adventures empowering kids of all ages.