In order for Camp Kesem at UC Davis to put on two free weeks of summer camp for nearly 300 campers, we have to raise about $200,000. This budget expands beyond camp- supporting children year round through camp reunions and camper supporter. In addition to the year round support, Davis Kesem also provides transportation to and from camp, a full week of meals, and two weeks full of activities for our campers. One of our goals at Kesem is to make kids feel like kids again, as cancer often forces kids to grow up at a young age. We provide zip lining, paint wars, arts & crafts, campfires, s'mores, and more! But none of this would be possible without funding for all of our programming.
We put on a gala each May in order to raise money for our camp. This gala features over 300 guests, a full catered dinner, four hours of programming, live music, and more! In order to give as much money back to our camp- we have a small budget for the gala and ask for a lot of donations to make the night possible. From baskets in our silent auction, to desserts, to appetizer donations- it all helps! This year's gala will be held on Saturday, May 16th at the California Railroad Museum in Old Town Sacramento.
We are always looking for new ways to outreach in the greater Sacramento community to make sure we are helping as many families as possible gain access to Kesem. During the fall, we often go to school board meetings and recruit more families at larger events in the area. Any additional resources to help us reach more campers would be very appreciated!