West Linn, OR. Over 360 supporters came together for a “Glamping Gala” to support Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp and raised much-needed funds for its life-changing programs. James, Jos, and Iris Tervo posed for a photo at the benefit on April 21th, which was held at the Oregon Golf Club. The evening’s fundraising surpassed expectations. In one night, MHKC raised a record breaking $268,000, which allows children and adults with disabilities to experience a week at camp, building their self-confidence and enhancing personal growth goals. (Photo credit, Andie Petkus)
Playing to the Glamping (glamorous camping) theme, the event was kicked off with visits from Smokey the Bear, Woodsy the Owl, and the US Forest Service. Guests purchased blue enameled MHKC camping mugs, and enjoyed the outdoor-themed decor—a glowing moon, trees, a faux fire, and live trees on each table. The crowd was also treated to camp songs by the Camp’s own “Staff Infection Band.”
The focus of the evening was bringing the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp experience to the gala. The show was filled with campers performing skits, introducing the staff and board, and sharing their love of MHKC. Former Trail Blazer announcer Mike Barrett emceed the evening, partnering with Kelly Russell from Artisan Auctions.
Iris Tervo, who has attended Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp for several years, and her family shared their Camp experience. Iris is involved in many sports and activities outside of school, but says she looks forward to Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp the most. Her parents have noticed that the confidence Iris gains at camp carries over and helps her excel in all other areas of her life.
Leading sponsors were: Seneca Foods, Consumer Cellular, KPTV – Fox 12, ProBuild, Columbia Bank, the Hart Family Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Portland Foundation, and IMS Capital Mgmt.