Camp Ondessonk- Our 2011 “Wildfire” of Support!

Camp Ondessonk- Our 2011 “Wildfire” of Support!

It  starts with the spark of an idea, and then it catches fire…..Heepwahs to all the Camp  Ondessonk friends who  helped Camp with its mission in 2011. Their  creativity, hard work, and “We-can-do this!” attitude made it possible for more children to come to Camp,  introduced our campers to new activities and new experiences, and made Camp beautiful  for the next generations of campers. Here are just some of the  events and activities that our Camp family initiated on our behalf in 2011:

Congratulations and thank you to the Heepwah 5K and Moccasin Gap 10 mile Trail Run racers. Our first annual benefit for the Campership Fund was a great success. Special thanks to Tim Slape, Beth Beazley, and Caroline English and their crew of race-day volunteers.

So just what is GaGa? Also known as Israeli dodgeball, it’s a great opportunity for campers to meet new friends and have fun during down-time between activities. Heepwahs to John and Jen Regan and Jamie and Christy Balich McDougal for spearheading this project.

Camper & counselor alum Amy Rivers Word of Lamasco Bar & Grill in Evansville, Indiana hosted her annual benefit for the Campership Fund  in February, always a great time.  Amy  also hosted a benefit for one of our campers who is battling a rare disease, and donated a wheelbarrow of liquor for our Labor Day Raffle. Thanks Amy!

Pancakes for Kids!   In February, St. Joseph’s in Freeburg hosted an all you can eat Sweetheart Brunch, raising $2,100  to benefit Camp. Special thanks all the  St. Joseph’s parishioners and Camp volunteers for the delicious fare and great Camp spirit

We love a parade! Thanks to all who helped us build floats and hand out brochures at all the parades and pony rides during the summer —we love to be out in the community. Special thanks to official Parade Marshal and Lodge member Gabby and Mikaela Hickey  and their family for organizing our Belleville parade floats and volunteers!

Our first ever Trivia Night Benefit was a huge success! Nearly 170 attended, raising more than $3,000 for the Campership Fund. Special thanks to Rusty Parker and his family, Emma O’Brien, the camper/student volunteers, and Althoff Catholic High School for the venue.




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