Recreational lifestyle brand Elkhart, Ind.-based Dometic is teaming up with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Care Camps to raise funds to ensure that more children with cancer can experience the healing power of camping through the Dometic Capital Fund, according to a press release.
Celebrities from sports and entertainment have also joined the movement. Hoonigan and Loenbro driver and longtime Care Camps supporter, Steve Arpin, and rising country music star, Stephanie Quayle, are lending their voices to the effort of supporting children with cancer and their families.
Dometic and Care Camps have established the Dometic Capital Fund, a collaboration that will raise money to cover operational expenses to send kids to one of the 133 special oncology camps supported by Care Camps in North America. The Dometic Capital Fund will also support events featuring Steve Arpin and Stephanie Quayle, as well as putting on their own events for employees to engage either internally or at a local camp.
“Dometic is committed to do our part in helping children be able to have an enjoyable camp experience,” says Scott Nelson, president of Dometic Americas. “All children should be able to enjoy the outdoors, no matter their situation. We are excited to support Care Camps and get our employees involved as well.”
“This partnership is the first of its kind for our organization,” said Karen McAndrew, executive director of Care Camps. “We know from research that children with cancer and their families who attend camp have improved quality of life and other important positive outcomes.
“Last year we had oncology camps request more than $300,000 for facility improvements, equipment and expansion that went unfunded,” she continued. “By establishing the Dometic Capital Fund, we can rally our most passionate supporters to help make sure that any child with cancer has the opportunity to experience the hope and healing that camping brings.”
Dometic will be kicking off the Dometic Capital Fund at their 2018 Elkhart RV Open House event, Chillin’ & Grillin’, on Sept. 24 at the Wellfield Botanical Gardens, across the street from the Dometic Headquarters in Elkhart. Local families that have children who attend Care Camps will be present along with Country star Stephanie Quayle who will give a benefit performance to the RV Industry members to get them excited about supporting the cause. This will culminate a series of performances Quayle has given throughout the year on behalf of Care Camps.
Arpin, who was named an official Care Camps ambassador in 2017, will also kick off the Dometic Capital Fund giving campaign for Care Camps during the first annual World Rallycross of USA event in Austin, Texas, Sept. 29 and 30. The event is at one of the country’s premier tracks, COTA (Circuit of the Americas) and will feature a festival-like experience with a concert from Ludacris, as well as unique driving experiences and motorsports-related vendors.
“Care Camps is a fantastic organization full of good people with huge hearts,” said Arpin, who was a top finisher on the Red Bull Global Rallycross circuit in 2017. “I’m so happy to see the partnership of Dometic and Care Camps become a reality. The big winners here are the kids and their families.”
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