On Saturday, September 19th over 500 guests gathered together at Grow, an annual fundraising event for Camp Korey featuring Chef Bradley Dickinson of PEARL Bar & Dining. Held on Camp Korey’s breathtaking grounds at the historic Carnation Farm, guests enjoyed exquisite pre-dinner chef and vintner pairings, bid on one-of-a-kind items, and enjoyed camper Stage Night, experiencing just a hint of the magic that 4,655 campers and families enjoy all year round.
The event reunited the talents of KOMO Weather Anchor Steve Pool with retired News Anchor Dan Lewis, a Camp Korey Board Member. “Since I retired from KOMO 4 News I’ve had time to get more involved with Camp Korey and to see the multitude of magical moments that happen at this amazing place,” states Dan Lewis, “I’m really excited to be paired with my good friend Steve Pool as emcees for Grow and we know the friends of the camp will show their love for our campers as they have done in the past.”
Camp Korey is the only SeriousFun Camp in the Pacific Northwest, hosting life changing programs throughout the year for children living with serious medical conditions. “Our programs are designed to be accessible for all,” states Executive Director, Hillary Carey. “At camp kids are kids first and foremost, and their medical conditions take a back seat to all the adventures and fun they are going to have. We work to build their sense of self, fill up their reservoir of courage, and challenge their perceived boundaries of limitations. Children living with serious medical conditions can experience stress, isolation and fear. Camp Korey is a safe haven where children are celebrated for who they are and can stretch themselves, all while being supported by a robust medical team and extraordinary volunteers and staff.”
Grow was generously sponsored through numerous corporate partners, including title sponsors Microsoft and Newman’s Own; platinum sponsor ECOS and Earth Friendly Products; gold sponsors The Clorox Company, Club Demo Services, John L. Scott Foundation, Key Bank and Unilever; and silver sponsors Abbott Construction, Coca-Cola, Moneytree and Seattle Children’s. Throughout the night, community members placed bids on amazing trips and items and raised the paddle to support Camp Korey’s mission.
“We are beyond honored by the generous support of our community,” states Executive Director, Hillary Carey. “It is because of the support from wonderful corporate and community partners we are able deliver all our programs free of charge to our families.”