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Hot dogs serve up fun, funds for Camp Korey

By Keegan Prosser on May 6, 2013 – No Comment

Henry, one of the campers, performs a magic trick with Camp Korey Assistant Director Scotty Stevens as KOMO’s Steve Pool looks on.

BY ROSE DENNIS

It’s wasn’t your typical fundraiser luncheon at the Bellevue Hilton on March 14. The menu consisted of hotdogs, hamburgers, chips, and of course, s’mores for dessert.

But this was to support Camp Korey, which provides experiences for kids with serious medical conditions. And the enthusiastic supporters responded by raising $189,000 for the organization.

Credit Event Chair Rachael Podolsay for creating a camper’s ambiance with the décor and food.

Henry, who attended two summer sessions for kids with Mitochondrial disease, performed a few of his favorite magic tricks with Camp Korey’s Assistant Director Scotty Stevens. Christopher, who attended four summer sessions and enjoys making people laugh, showcased his stand-up comedy routine that he performs during Stage Night at Camp Korey. He also shared, “I feel like I’m at home at camp because everyone cares about me and no one judges me for being different.” Other guests included funnyman Pat Cashman along with Emcee Steve Pool.

Every year Camp Korey, located just outside historic Carnation, provides thousands of children and their families from the Northwest a humorous and memorable campers experience – free of charge. The camp was founded in 2005 by Tim Rose in honor of his son, Korey Rose, who lost his battle to cancer.

Last year Camp Korey became an official member of Paul Newman’s SeriousFun Children’s Network, which is a global community of programs and camps with the goal of assisting children and their families to reach beyond their illnesses and discover joy, gain confidence, and discover a new world of possibilities. You can find out more information about Camp Korey at www.campkorey.org.

Rose Dennis writes about events in Bellevue and the Greater Seattle area. She lives in Bellevue.