camping the night away attendees smiling for the photo booth

Camping the Night Away Raises $100,000+

On May 11, 2023, Children’s Cancer Connection® (CCC) held its annual Camping the Night Away Des Moines fundraiser, presented by Sammons Financial Group. Guests at the sold-out event enjoyed live music from Brian Congdon, 90+ auction packages, food, hosted drinks, a great program emceed by Lou Sipolt, Jr., a large Rock-Paper-Scissors battle and much more.

The event raised a record $102,679.90, up significantly from the $75,000 raised during the 2022 Camping the Night Away Des Moines. Proceeds fund CCC’s six Camp Heart Connection® programs – Oncology, Sibling, Spring and Fall Family, Day and Teen Camps. These magical spaces allow children and families affected by childhood cancer to connect, grow and create lifelong memories. For Oncology and Summer Camps specifically, it costs CCC more than $500 per camper, as participants attend entirely for free. Camps offer fun traditions such as Wish Night, tie-dye, horseback-riding, creek stomping, and a general escape to have fun and be kids!

To support Camp Heart Connection, donate or volunteer! Summer Camp day/activity and medical volunteers, as well as Day Camp volunteers, are needed. 

Next year’s Camping the Night Away Des Moines will be held May 10, 2024 at the FFA Enrichment Center in Ankeny.

Thanks to Brent Isenberger Photography for capturing the night!

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