Portland, OR. Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (MHKC) raised a record breaking $212,000 at its annual gala. The funds allow children and adults with disabilities to experience a week at camp, building self-confidence and enhancing personal growth. Nearly 320 supporters celebrated at the “Golden Age of Hollywood Gala” on April 22nd. They heard from Lage O’Berg and his mother, Rebecca Adams, about the positive impact MHKC has had on Lage’s life. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)
Guests at the Oregon Golf Club enjoyed a live performance to the song “Happy” that had guests laughing, clapping, and singing along. The program was emceed by local Portland actor and singer, Dale Johannes. MHKC Executive Director, Kaleen Deatherage shared a story about the impact of MHKC’s love and kindness on the greater community. Organizers said, “Thanks to the passion and generosity of our guests, the evening’s fundraising surpassed expectations.”
From Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp:
Leading sponsors were: Columbia Bank, Consumer Cellular, Hart Family Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Portland Foundation, and ProBuild.
For over 80 years, MHKC has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to provide individuals with disabilities an outstanding overnight recreational opportunity in the Mt. Hood National Forest. One of the largest programs of its kind in the U.S., each season MHKC offers a unique opportunity for more than 500 campers ages 11 and older (no upper age limit) to experience the outdoors in its fully accessible 22-acre campsite.
WE FOCUS ON ABILITIES, RATHER THAN DISABILITIES
There are few places where children and adults with disabilities can spend an entire week focusing on their abilities, rather than their disabilities. MHKC is dedicated to the belief that all people regardless of race, economic status or physical/mental ability should experience the joy and personal growth that comes from the adventure of an overnight camp experience.
MHKC has provided more than 16,000 campers with the magic of camp. Thanks to this life-changing experience, our campers’ quality of life has improved, along with their personal growth in self-esteem, communications, social skills, sense of achievement and independence.