In a remarkable show of community spirit and commitment to a noble cause, Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) has once again demonstrated its unwavering support for children battling cancer. The organization successfully hosted its second annual Fore the Kids golf tournament, raising $28,000 for Care Camps.
Care Camps, a dedicated non-profit, has been at the forefront of offering children affected by cancer and their families a chance to experience specialized oncology summer camps. These camps provide a therapeutic escape, allowing children to find hope and healing amidst nature. With the funds raised by KOA, Care Camps will be able to further its mission and touch more lives.
The event, held in Billings, saw an overwhelming turnout and support from local sponsors. Leading the charge was EEC, a design and building firm, which took on the role of the title sponsor. Their support was bolstered by other major contributors including Merrill Lynch, Altana Federal Credit Union, Bretz RV, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Langlas Associates, and Intermountain Health.
Toby O’Rourke, president and CEO of KOA, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the community and sponsors. “Through this golf tournament, not only did we foster community spirit, but we also made a tangible difference in the lives of children with cancer,” O’Rourke said.
The fundraising figures from the tournament are testament to the community’s generosity. While the event itself raised $14,000, the Kampgrounds of America Foundation took a step further. In a gesture showcasing solidarity and support, the foundation matched the amount, effectively doubling the positive impact on Care Camps.
The golf tournament was also designed to offer participants a unique experience. Interactive holes, replicating activities that children might engage in at summer camp, were a highlight. From tie-dying golf towels to a marshmallow driving contest, the essence of what KOA stands for was evident throughout the event.
Kama Humphrey, director of events at KOA, reflected on the significance of the event. “This event was more than just a fundraiser; it was a testament to the power of collective compassion and action,” Humphrey remarked.
For the campground industry, events like these highlight the potential of the outdoor hospitality sector to rally around meaningful causes. By supporting initiatives like Care Camps, the industry not only enhances its community image but also underscores the therapeutic value of outdoor experiences.
Those interested in supporting Care Camps or seeking more information can visit their official website at carecamps.org.