May 3rd, 2015
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
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.
Pass the Music On
On the night of March 1, 2013, Toronto’s Revival Bar rocked with the music of Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies fame at a fundraiser for Kids in Camp. Over five hundred current and former campers joined in a celebration of camp music and the camp spirit. Thanks to organizers Jonny Lightman, Elaine Cole and Sol Birenbaum with the help of many volunteers and the hundreds of enthusiastic participants $38,000 was raised to send children to camp.