Care Camps, a national non-profit foundation committed to supporting pediatric oncology camps across North America, has officially announced its new Board of Directors officers for the year 2024. This strategic move is set to bolster the foundation’s mission of providing healing outdoor experiences for children battling cancer.
Gwynn Sullivan, the executive director of Care Camps, expressed profound gratitude towards the newly elected officers and the continuing board members for their dedication and support.
“Their varied expertise and strategic guidance will be tremendously helpful as we continue to expand our mission,” Sullivan stated, highlighting the critical role the board plays in the foundation’s growth and impact.
Mark Lemoine, stepping into the role of Board Chair, brings a wealth of governance experience to the table.
As the owner of the Coloma/St. Joseph KOA Holiday in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Lemoine’s background in public policy and community service, including his involvement with the Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber of Commerce, positions him as a key asset in leading the organization towards its goals.
Vice-Chair Debora Hankinson, owner of the Alamosa/Great Sand Dunes KOA Journey in Colorado, is recognized for her architectural expertise and active participation in regional economic development. Her commitment to fundraising for Care Camps underscores the potential for campground and outdoor hospitality operators to contribute significantly to charitable causes.
Continuing in her role, Rebecca Kirch JD, as secretary, brings a deep understanding of policy and programs from her tenure with the National Patient Advocate Foundation. Her experience is invaluable in navigating the complexities of healthcare advocacy and support for families affected by cancer.
Shawn Peterson, the treasurer, exemplifies the spirit of giving back through innovative means. His creation of the “For the Love of Kids and Camping” art series, along with his company Tempest Technologies’ pro bono services, showcases how businesses can leverage their products and services for philanthropy.
At-Large Officer Tim Allen, the former owner of Sweetwater/I-75 KOA Holiday in Sweetwater, Tennessee, along with his family, has been a fervent supporter of Care Camps. Their ongoing fundraising efforts demonstrate the powerful impact that individual campground operators can have on the broader mission of supporting children with cancer.
This leadership transition comes at a pivotal time for Care Camps, as the foundation seeks to extend its reach and deepen its impact. The diverse backgrounds and skills of the new officers promise to enhance the organization’s ability to provide memorable camping experiences to more children and their families.
For campground and outdoor hospitality operators, the announcement serves as a reminder of the significant role they can play in supporting charitable initiatives. By aligning with organizations like Care Camps, they not only contribute to a noble cause but also enrich their communities and the industry at large.
The involvement of campground owners and operators in Care Camps’ mission illustrates a growing trend in the outdoor hospitality industry towards social responsibility and community engagement. It highlights how the industry can make a difference beyond providing leisure and recreation, by touching the lives of children in need of joy and healing.
As Care Camps embarks on this new chapter, the collective expertise and dedication of its Board of Directors are set to propel the foundation towards achieving greater milestones. The synergy between the outdoor hospitality industry and charitable endeavors like Care Camps underscores the potential for profound societal impact, one camp experience at a time.