Donors and sponsors stepped up to raise $175,000 during the Korey Classic Golf Tournament and a record-breaking $1,250,000 plus additional $1,000,000 pledge at its Grow Auction.
Mount Vernon, WA
August 23, 2021–Camp Korey, a SeriousFun Children’s Network medical camp, raised over $175,000 for children with life-altering medical conditions to experience the joys of camp, completely free of charge at the 3rd Annual Camp Korey Golf Classic on June 21. Building on that success, Camp Korey supporters came together on August 21 to raise a record-breaking $1.25M during the 2021 Grow Auction & Dinner with an additional $1M pledge for the next two years. The success of these two fundraising events underscores what has been a remarkable year for Camp Korey’s growth and capacity-building.
Hosted at Avalon Golf Links, the Korey Classic golf tournament was attended by Founder Tim Rose, title sponsor Niagara Bottling, and more than 190 golfers. “Thanks to the efforts of our committee, sponsors, and participants, we will continue our mission of providing camp programming for campers and their families, 100% free of charge.” said Jay Henningsen, CEO of Camp Korey. “Children from around the region will participate through onsite, virtual, or single-day adventures in the Puget Sound all in thanks to the charitable giving of our supporters.” The proceeds from the Camp Korey Classic are used to fund the operational needs for the camp, helping increase the number of kids and family members served. “We thank the Skagit County community for welcoming Camp Korey with open arms and supporting the Camp Korey Classic. The success of the Classic is a great example of incredible community volunteerism and support of children with challenging medical needs. This made for an inspirational fundraising event that will make a real difference for our campers and their families,” shares Mark Mobilia, Camp Korey Classic Committee Chair. The 4th Annual Camp Korey Classic is scheduled for June 13, 2022, at Avalon Golf Links in Burlington, WA
The 2021 Grow Auction & Dinner, sponsored by ECOS, featured a weeklong virtual auction capped with a small event held at Camp Korey’s picturesque 200-acre property in Mount Vernon, WA. More than 80 guests toured camp and the new Indoor Recreational Center, enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by Chef Ryan Donaldson, and sampled wine provided by Hedges. Auctioneer and emcee Matt Lorch kept the excitement high as guests bid on live auction items including Kraken and Seahawk Suites, a 2Bar Spirits barrel party, and exclusive vacation packages to Phoenix Open and the Iditarod. The program included an inspiring video featuring the impact camp has on campers, families, and medical volunteers. A special tribute was made to the late John Heily, by his son Andy Heily, who inspired the audience with stories of John’s dedication to giving children with serious medical conditions opportunities to live life to its fullest. In an unexpected moment that brought tears and a standing ovation, founder Tim Rose pledged $1.5M over three years and shared his thoughts on the impact Camp Korey has on the lives of campers and families for more than 15 years. Best-selling novelist David Baldacci also joined via video with a special raise the paddle challenge and committed to naming a character in his upcoming novel after Korey Rose, for whom Camp Korey is named.
“Witnessing this sort of generosity warms my heart,” said the event’s auctioneer and emcee, Q13 News Anchor Matt Lorch, adding “Thanks to these donors, more kids with serious medical conditions will be able to experience the magic of Camp Korey and make lifelong memories! “
Auction chair and board vice president Sue Colbourne said after the event, “I am constantly amazed at how people respond to the work we do. The spirit of camp was alive tonight, and I’m deeply moved by the generosity of donors who showed firm commitment to our campers and families.”
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About Camp Korey
Camp Korey is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides year-round programming and
transformational experiences for children living with life-altering medical in a fun, safe camp
environment with specialized medical support. Located in Mount Vernon, Washington, Camp Korey
serves youth (ages 7-18) and their and families with over 35 medical conditions, always 100% free of
charge. Camp Korey is a member of the Serious Fun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman.
Kim Puhrmann, Director of Marketing and Community Engagement
24880 Brotherhood Road
Mount Vernon, WA 98274