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International Cuisine Night: Greek

i Feb 28th No Comments by

This week, our campers took a virtual cruise of Greece. We savored steamy kebabs, delectable rice, warm pita bread, and mouth-watering brown sugar-coated pita sticks dipped in whipped cream! Special shout out to International Pantry who donated our main course, and Spitz (Sugar House, UT) who donated our dessert. As February comes to a close, we are now prepping our taste buds for new culinary adventures in March! Next stop is close to home: American cuisine!

 

Star Wars Mini Camp

i Feb 27th No Comments by

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Not-so-long-time-ago in at a camp not-so-far away, we had our Star Wars Mini-Camp at Camp Kostopulos. When everyone arrived at camp, they created their own Jedi tunics to prepare themselves for the galactic adventure which lay ahead. The evening was capped off by watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and a special guest appearance by Kids Heroes Foundation which included a Jedi master, a Sith lord, and a Tie-Fighter Pilot!

The next day our Jedi put their force skills to the test by creating their own lightsabers, using green facial masks to turn each other into Yoda, and arranging delicious fruit lightsaber kebabs. Everyone had an out-of-this-world time, and Brent S. said, “This is the best mini-camp yet!”

Thank you to our students, our families for their inspiration and our donors for helping continue the mission at Camp K. Thank you to John Williams and bensound.com for the music.

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Gingerbread Festival

i Dec 13th No Comments by

Camp K wishes everyone a joyous Holiday Season! May your house be filled with love, blessings, hope, and the true spirit of the season!

Camp K is grateful and thankful to Ivory Homes for hosting the Ivory Home’s 7th Annual Gingerbread Festival, to benefit Camp K’s mission and programs. We are honored to be the beneficiaries of this wonderful event, especially as we are celebrating our 50th anniversary of making a difference in our community. We are grateful to everyone who has supported Camp K through the years and helped us achieve this amazing milestone.

Our students who attended the gingerbread festival had a wonderful time!

We appreciate everyone who made this possible! We would like to thank the Sponsors of this event: Pro-Build, BMC – Building Materials & Construction Solutions, Lennox, Metro Ready Mix, VLCM, Veritas Funding Midvale, Smart Move Advantage, Utah Design Center, Focus, Jack B Parson Companies, Burbridge Concrete Pumping, Hadco Construction, ABC4 Utah – Good4Utah, Craythorne Construction, KIRTON McCONKIE, Weyerhaeuser, KOHLER, Sherwin-Williams, and USI

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Partnering with the Children’s Tumor Foundation

i Dec 9th No Comments by

Live from New York from one great partners – Children’s Tumor Foundation. We are so excited to announce that Camp K will be partnering with Children’s Tumor Foundation to provide 3 weeks of Summer Camp for kids with Neurofibromatosis (NF) – July8-28, 2017. Camp K has hosted NF weeks for more than 20 years. In 2017, we will meet children from an even larger geographical area – including South Africa, Romania, and other parts of the world – in addition to the wonderful campers from the United States, Canada, and the UK. We are proud of our partnership, and look forward to expanding the partnership to support more kids with NF!

Breakfast with Mrs. Clause

i Dec 8th No Comments by

On December 3rd, our students ventured out to Thanksgiving Point to have Breakfast with Santa. They had a great time meeting Santa & Mrs. Claus and the Gingerbread Man, eating breakfast, decorating cookies, and enjoying time with their friends!

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Mary Poppins by Camp K

i Dec 6th No Comments by

 

scOn December 1, 2016, Camp K’s Drama program presented Mary Poppins! Our students practiced diligently for 2 months to prepare for this program.

Great job everyone! Thank you to all of our students, their families, and our staff for a great evening!

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Camp K Highlighted in Utah Stories

i Nov 2nd No Comments by

Camp K was highlighted in the November 1, 2016, edition of Utah Stories.   Utah Stories is about promoting and protecting the power of the individual. They believe that The Internet can become a means for individual voices to be heard through all of the clutter, spin and noise in the current media setting. Their mission to promote and highlight individuality in a world becoming more homogeneous. They highlight individual success stories and promote the home grown culture found in Utah.

Camp K is grateful to Utah Stories for sharing our story!

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Camp K’s Tree of Hope at the Deseret News Home Show

i Oct 7th No Comments by

Here at Camp K, it feels like we just finished summer camp yesterday. However the cold air outside and the beautiful change of colors in Emigration Canyon tells us a different story. Fall is here, winter is on its way.

Please join Camp K from Friday October 7th thru Sunday October 9th, for a very special display – The Christmas Tree Village at the Deseret News Home Show, and get into the spirit of holidays and feel the joy of giving! The event is at the South Towne Expo Center, in Sandy, Utah.

Camp K, along with 9 other local charities, have decorated a Christmas tree for this event. We know that it is a little early for Christmas – however, we have put our love, passion and dedication into creating a very unique Christmas Tree – “Camp K’s Tree of Hope”. We hope that your home is filled with the spirit of the season – and your heart is filled with magic, love, joy, hope, peace, and harmony.

Each tree will be available to purchase, in a silent auction. The auction closes at 3:00 pm on Sunday, the winners notified, and the trees can be taken home Sunday evening. There will also be a donation box next to each tree. All donations go directly to the charities of choice. The charity that collects most donations also has a chance to win “best in show”.

The Camp K’s “Tree of Hope” represents the magical experiences that happen at Camp K – experiences that have brought so much hope, joy, love and smiles to so many, for the last 50 years. Some of the decorations were created by our participants, using natural elements found at on our beautiful campus, including acorns, leaves, and pine needles. Some decorations symbolize the activities at Camp K. Other decorations were designed to honor our participant’s courage, bravery, resilience, selflessness, honesty, kindness, humility, and pure joy. Join us as we celebrate inclusion and empowerment!

Camp K is grateful to ABC4 Utah – Good4Utah, Marketplace Events (the producers of the Fall Home Show), Deseret News, The Home Depot(Christmas tree donor), and all the other parties for including us in this wonderful fundraiser. We are also grateful to Paula Sanders, our staff, and participants for helping us create and decorate the “Camp K Tree of Hope”. Please come to the Fall Home Show, and be sure to visit our tree in support of Camp K!

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#KO4CAMPK – A Charity Boxing Match for Camp K

i Oct 4th No Comments by

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Help Camp K make History on

Giving Tuesday

Camp K will be celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2017, and we are starting the celebration of our amazing history of serving our community with an incredible event:

Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives, Greg Hughes, and Heavyweight Champion, Riddick “Big Daddy” Bowe, will Face Off in a Charity Boxing Match for Camp K.  This is an event to be remembered!  It is also an opportunity to promote inclusion, empowerment, and support for people of all abilities around the world.

Please join us for our #KO4CAMPK (Knockout for Camp K) on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, at the Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek.

We rely on support of our community so that we can provide our services to everyone, regardless of income. Caring for and treating family members with disabilities affects the socioeconomic status of the entire family. As a result, the majority of our participants live at or below the poverty level, and may otherwise not be able to participate in programs such as ours. Camp Kostopulos has been providing services in our community for nearly 50 years, and the success of our programs is due to the generosity of our community, and businesses such as yours.  We appreciate the continued support we receive, which benefits the people with disabilities and special needs.

There are several ways that you can provide support:

Your gift, in any amount, will make a meaningful difference to our participants!

We expect to see 500 attendees at the event, including some of Utah’s community leaders. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit our year-round education programs and activities for youth and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, and children with special medical needs.

Please join us in what will be an evening full of fun, fulfillment, and charity.

For questions, please contact Mircea Divricean at mdivricean@campk.org, or 801-582-0700 x103.

ABC 4 Utah – “Day of Caring” at Camp K

i Jun 17th No Comments by

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Good4Utah Gets Involved at Camp K for 2016 Founder’s Day of Caring

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ABC 4 Utah’s Parent Company Marks 20 Years with Day of Service at Camp K

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VIP Dinner and Concert, featuring Alex Boyé

i Jun 15th No Comments by

On Friday, June 10, Camp K hosted a VIP Dinner and Concert! The evening started with a delicious meal, catered by Red Rock Brewery. Yelp provided popcorn for everyone. Then, Alex Boyé took the stage. Alex is an Ambassador for Camp K, and supports our mission to help people of all abilities. Alex shared his story and inspiration, and involved the crowd in his high-energy performance. He encouraged people to dance with him, highlighted grandmothers (and got them to dance), started a drum-off, and put smiles on everyone’s faces.

We would like to thank everyone who made this event possible: Alex Boyé, RedRock Brewery, ABC 4 Utah, Don Hudson, Key Bank, and Yelp!

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Alex Boyé talks about his upcoming concert at Camp K

i Jun 7th No Comments by

 

Nicea Degering, of ABC 4 Utah, interviewed Alex Boyé and Mircea Divricean about the upcoming VIP Dinner and Concert at Camp K.

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Family Fun Day 2016

i Jun 7th No Comments by

Camp K hosted our annual Family Fun Day on June 4, 2016.  ABC 4 Utah joined us and shared the story.

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