Trivia Night, silent auction nets $2,500 for youth camp
Funds to support this year's 'Creative Minds at Work' event
The first Barry County Youth Camp Trivia Night fundraiser saw more than 75 people competing for championship honors while raising money to benefit the Barry County Youth Camp.
The trivia contest and silent auction netted nearly $2,500, which will be used to support programs and activities at this year's camp, slated to take place from May 23-26. The theme of this year's camp is "Creative Minds at Work."
Camp Smokey, at Roaring River State Park in Cassville, has been home to the Barry County Youth Camp for a number of years, offering children ages 7-10, recommended by their school counselors, the opportunity to take part in a variety of crafts, field trips, educational programs, games and more. The final night of the camp will feature a carnival, complete with a ring toss, balloon pop and shooting gallery. The four-day camp is free to children.
The camp is operated through the donations of local businesses, merchants, civic groups and individuals. No government funding is received by organizers of the event.
Jane James, event co-organizer, said it costs approximately $150 to send a single child to camp. Typically, only 100 children are selected for the opportunity, due to limited housing at Camp Smokey.
"Some children come to camp ill-prepared for the activities we have planned," James said. "We always send campers home with a new pair of shoes."
A volunteer nurse, Sandy Pfitzner, is on staff throughout the four-day event to care for minor injuries. Staffers include Crafts Director Kami Willis, Sarah Pfitzner, Summer Sullivan and Johnny Verstraete. Cooks are Greg Davis, Melvin Casper and Bob Mareth.
Committee members continue to collect clothing for campers, including shorts, lightweight sweaters and jackets, summer fun wear, swim suits and bathing trunks.
Committee members include James, Davis, Sullivan, Verstraete, Mareth, Casper and Willis. Additional committee members include Julie Wages, Cara Osterloh, Ruby Hartman, Effie Collins, Gail Ellis, Claudia Nolan, Trinity Hartin, Russell Hartin, Margaret Holle, LouEllen Honeycutt, Cynthia Martin, Marlene Mareth and Kayren Bremer.
Monetary contributions and other donations to support the camp may be mailed to: Barry County Youth Camp, Attention: Jane James, 410 W. County St., Monett, Mo. 65708.
For more information on the Barry County Youth Camp, people may call James at 417-235-3580.