KIC appreciates the creative fundraising activities of individuals, organizations and OCA camps that have resulted in generous donations to assist in sending many children to camp.
Please see the Events Galley for fun pictures of the events.
The annual Intercamp Classic supporting Kids in Camp was held on Sunday May 3rd, 2015 at the Powerade Centre, just west of Toronto. At this year's event, participants representing camps from across Ontario competed in a softball, flag football, or handball tournament.
The event was a large success, allowing Kids in Camp to help send many more deserving children to camp in the summer of 2016!
Well over 1,000 students and young professionals were in attendance. The participating teams played on behalf of many Ontario camps. In addition to featuring a high level of competition among the players, the Intercamp Classic had great food, music, inflatables, a raffle & other entertainment!
O CANADA! THE SPIRIT OF SPORT– A GREAT SUCCESS!
April 9, 2015
On April 9, Kids in Camp hosted a jovial, camping crowd gathered at Spirale in Toronto for a most enjoyable fundraising evening. With a drink in one hand and a tasty appetizer in the other, folks drifted around the room chatting and laughing with friends and colleagues while pausing frequently to bid on a great array of auction items.
At 8:00 pm, KIC President, Bob Smith, welcomed all and the formal program began with Rachel Savlov, an eleven-year-old New Moon camper and winner of the 2014 Pass the Music On event. The audience was enthralled with Rachel’s powerful performance – such a big voice from a little girl!
Mary Hynes, host of Tapestry on CBC Radio One, then introduced Scott Russell, anchor of CBC Sports Weekend. Scott began his inspirational and emotional address by describing his life-long passion for sport, which was nurtured at camp. As a young Kilcoo camper participating in the Kilcoo-version of the Olympic Games under the influence of Chief, John Latimer, Scott experienced the exhilaration and satisfaction of striving and being part of a team. Scott believes that activity and sport are essential to our well-being and there is no better place to experience both than at camp!
The KIC Board and event organizers, Barb and Peter Gilbert together with their large committee of volunteers, truly appreciate the participation of all the OCA camp directors and staff who stole time from their busy pre-season schedules to join us – with special thanks to the many who travelled a considerable distance on a rainy night. We greatly appreciate the sixty-seven auction donations, including many by supportive OCA Preferred Vendors, which provided a wide range of desirable items for a fabulous silent auction. The enthusiastic bidding netted over $6,000. Thanks also to all the Friends of KIC who attended to add their substantial support to a great evening. The net result of over $14,000 along with donations and funds raised at other KIC fundraising events will help many more deserving children enjoy camp in 2016. Our most sincere thanks!
All Aboard for KIC!
May 1, 2014
Kids in Camp threw its best party yet on the evening of May 1, 2014 on board the Captain Matthew Flinders. Guests gathered on the quayside awaiting Captain Duncan’s permission to board at precisely 6:00 p.m. With camp songs playing quietly in the background, the crowd circulated in the upper deck lounge enjoying a drink and snacks while greeting friends and viewing the many silent auction items.
At 7:00 p.m., Captain Duncan and his crew cast off and we began our gentle cruise of the Toronto harbour. Some passengers wandered outside to stroll the deck and view the cityscape while others socialized inside. Amid chatter, laughter, the mystery of J’s magic, the intermittent popping of balloons and selection of prizes, guests visited with friends old and new. Soon the aroma of dinner wafting up the stairwell enticed the passengers to the dining room below and the delicious buffet dinner being served.
As darkness fell and the bidding escalated, we enjoyed the spectacular view of the Toronto skyline in all its nighttime splendor. At 9:30 p.m., passengers, happily clutching their silent auction winnings, disembarked. Stepping off the gangway, many cheerfully called back to say that they were already looking forward to next year’s event!
KIC is grateful to the efforts of Barb and Peter Gilbert and their enthusiastic committee for organizing such an enjoyable evening! Thanks to the additional volunteers for their assistance throughout the evening.
We sincerely appreciate the generosity of those who willingly donated silent auction items and the many guests who attended in support of KIC.
Kudos to the Captain, crew and staff of the Captain Matthew Flinders who took care of us all so well.
See you next year!
The Grand KIC
April 9, 2013
On April 9, 2013, a large crowd of camp leaders and supporters gathered at the Eglinton Grand to enjoy one another’s company, drinks and dinner followed by an engaging conversation between Steve Paikin, of TVO’s The Agenda and Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, Ph. D. on the topic, Sharing Our Canadian Roots. The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, M.D., M.P., Member of the Parliamentary Committee for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, introduced the speakers. Cynthia, Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation and Vice Provost (Aboriginal Affairs) at Lakehead University, has devoted her life to building bridges of understanding between people. She strongly believes that for diverse cultures to live side by side with respect, we begin the process with a conversation.
The participants departed with food for thought – some happily carrying treasures resulting from their success at the silent auction! We are grateful to Carolyn Bennett, Steve Paikin and Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux for their contribution and support. We also thank Barb and Peter Gilbert, their planning committee and the many supporters whose efforts and participation raised almost $8,000 to send children to camp.
Camp Robin Hood
Camp Robin Hood campers participated in a pool-a-thon in the summer of 2011. Each camper who participated collected pledges from family and friends, and then swam in the CRH pool on the pool-a-thon day. KIC benefited from all of the pledges!
Crestwood Valley Day Camp
Kids Helping Kids
In summer 2011, Eric Shendelman and Bobby Freeman, directors of Crestwood Valley Day Camp, Toronto, devised a simple yet brilliant fundraising program. They purchased jewelry-making supplies, which Eric explained were in their camp program budget anyway. At the Jewelry Making specialty area under the direction of Aliza Dason, the campers enjoyed making a bracelet for themselves. Then after learning about a new charity called Kids in Camp (KIC), which helps send children in need to camp, the campers proceeded to make a second donation bracelet. Their efforts produced two-hundred bracelets, which were then sold for $10 each at two camp Open House events. As a result of the camp’s creativity and generosity and the campers’ efforts, KIC received a cheque for $2000. Everyone wins! The Crestwood Valley campers had fun and learned to share. In summer 2012, the Crestwood campers will again make bracelets for sale and some deserving children will, for the first time, experience the joys of camp thanks to their fellow campers at Crestwood.
Camp Walden runs an annual staff raffle with half of the proceeds going to KIC. In pre-camp, staff may purchase a raffle ticket for $5.00, which is deducted from their salary. The three coveted prizes are: a twosome at the Ted Cole Golf Classic, an extra whole day off and any item of Walden clothing together with breakfast served in bed. The camp owners match the staff’s donation.
Each summer a $500 donation is made to KIC in the name of the Ted Cole Camper of the Year. This award is given to the camper that best exemplifies everything that Walden stands for and treasures such as participation, enthusiasm, spirit, humility, imagination and vision.
Camp Can Aqua
Any person who refers a camper to Camp Can Aqua is given the choice of receiving a Can Aqua sweatshirt or instead having a donation made to KIC in their name.
Glen Bernard Camp
GBC 2011 staff made a donation in Director Joc Palm’s name to KIC.
GBC donated the commission from all sales of Mabel’s Labels, an OCA commercial member, to KIC.
ASSOCIATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Ontario Camps Association
A portion of the proceeds from the 2011 Ted Cole Classic, a golf tournament organized by the OCA, was donated to KIC.
Our Kids Media
At the inaugural Our Kids Media Camp Expo at the Roy Thomson Hall in February
2011, all admission fees collected from walk-in visitors were donated to KIC. Our Kids Media also made a donation based on the number of Facebook fans visiting the Our Kids site.
Larry and Pearl Bell
Larry and Pearl Bell, owners of Camp Robin Hood, celebrated 50 years in camping in 2011. They marked this special occasion with a tribute dinner and a portion of each ticket purchased was donated to Kids In Camp. Family and friends were also encouraged to make donations in lieu of gifts, and this resulted in a huge amount of funds being raised for Kids In Camp.
Sharon Cole is a keen camper whose great uncle Ted was one of the founders of Kids In Camp. In celebration of her Bat Mitvah in 2011, Sharon generously decided to ask her family and friends to make donations to KIC instead of receiving gifts herself. All of her family and friends are really proud of her selfless act, and KIC was able to send more kids to camp as a result.
Dr. Peter Nkansah
Annually, Drs. Brian and Sheldon Jafine run a charity golf tournament for twenty healthcare workers. Each year one participant chooses the charity. In 2011, Dr. Peter Nkansah chose to share the proceeds between KIC and Camp Jumoke, a camp for children with sickle cell anemia.
In response to an email form Jeremy Laverty of Mooredale Day Camp, CIBC Children’s Foundation made a generous donation to KIC. This donation was made possible through the proceeds from CIBC Miracle Day, a day when CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors and CIBC’s wholesale banking arm donate their fees and commissions in support of children’s charities.
OCA 2011 conference keynote speaker, Michael Chettleburgh, generously donated his honorarium to KIC.
KIC received a donation from the Adam Eliesen B’Nai Tzdkek Fund. Through the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal’s B’nai Tzedek philanthropy program, Adam created an endowment fund to benefit KIC, the charity of his choice.