Camp Barnabas raises $228,000 at 7th annual event

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
More than 350 guests attended the recent Glamping for Camping fundraiser to benefit Camp Barnabas. Contributed photo

Event featured axe-throwing, games, silent auction

The White River Conference Center transformed into a sea of twinkling lights, buffalo plaid, and chandeliered tents on Saturday, Oct. 26, as Camp Barnabas hosted its seventh annual Glamping for Camping fundraiser event to benefit campers with special needs.

More than 350 guests were in attendance, adorned in coordinating flannel, and enjoyed axe-throwing by TommyHawks, yard games, a smile “selfie” station courtesy of presenting sponsor Innovative Dental, and live music by Danny Yancey and the Chapmans.

Following a silent auction, guests feasted on jalapeno cornbread, buttered beef medallions, iron skillet potatoes and topped of their night with skillet cobbler and Andy’s Frozen Custard.

As the evening progressed, John Tillack, chief executive officer, and Krystal Simon, chief operations officer, shared the story of Camp Barnabas’ origins, as well as how much the camp has grown over the past 25 years.

In 1994, founders Paul and Cyndy Teas were inspired to create a camp where children who were very sick could experience a week of “just being a normal kid.” As they grew, they realized there were other kids and adults who could benefit from their programming as well.

We serve individuals, who, 365 days of the year are left on the outside. But for one week they are in the middle, and we get to provide that for them,” said Andrea Harp, director of marketing.

In its first year, Camp Barnabas served 35 campers. Now, in its 25th summer, Camp Barnabas serves an average of 2,000 campers each year.

The mission continues to ring true for families year after year.

In our family, it’s a little slice of heaven,” said Glamping attendee and camper parent Jennifer Hubbs. “We’re so touched that so many people would come out to support these individuals.

That’s really what our annual fundraising event is all about. It’s raising scholarship dollars for our campers and missionaries so they have the opportunity to come to camp. So many of them would not have that opportunity if not for the generous people who came tonight,” said Harp.

Camp Barnabas was established in 1994 and has welcomed almost 90,000 campers and missionaries over the years. Their mission is to change lives through disability ministry.

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