Care Camps

Annual KOA Convention Raises Over 220,000 For Care Camps

Billings, MT – Care Camps is pleased to announce fundraising efforts during Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) Annual Convention in November raised $221,774.00.

Care Camps is a national non-profit organization that funds pediatric oncology camps across the United States and Canada. Their mission is to bring the healing power of community and the outdoors to children living with cancer and their families.

Care Camps’ legacy began 39 years ago by a caring group of KOA campground owners who began fundraising to support local pediatric oncology camps. Today, KOA Inc, and KOA campgrounds collectively continue to be Care Camps largest donor and this year alone have raised over one million dollars, in addition to the Convention total.

“We are deeply grateful for KOA’s legacy partnership,” said Gwynn Sullivan, Care Camps Executive Director. “They ignited our charity from the grassroots and have remained steadfast and committed in their support in many ways beyond monetarily. The opportunity to celebrate our partnership at their Annual Convention is one of the highlights of our year.”

Fundraising initiatives at this year’s KOA Convention included raffle ticket sales, silent and live auctions, and a dinner celebration. The most popular live auction item was a “Meet Me in Montana” package generously donated by the KOA Inc. executive team. Winning bidders rallied a total of $52,000 for the opportunity to have a personalized tour of the new KOA Inc. headquarters in Billings MT, a catered dinner with the KOA executive team, and the opportunity to participate in their “Fore the Kids” annual golf tournament fundraiser for Care Camps that will be held September 16, 2024.

“KOA truly understands the value of connecting people to the outdoors. And for children living with cancer, it’s a gift that keeps on giving,” Sullivan adds. “Their camp experience gives these children an experience that has a lasting impact on their lives as well as their family and many more.”

In 2023 Care Camps funded over 120 pediatric oncology camps across the U.S. and Canada. Together the camps provided hundreds of programs that touch the lives of thousands of children living with cancer, and their families. To learn more, donate and be inspired, visit carecamps.org.