Feb 13, 2020 5:40 PM

Rosewood AKTION Club Establishes “Help For Camp Hope” Fund Drive

Posted Feb 13, 2020 5:40 PM
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In the midst of winter, it’s not too early to think about warm days of summer. Rosewood Miracle Workers AKTION Club is thinking ahead with its first-quarter service project of 2020. Club members are asking for involvement from the area community to help gather summer camp items that will be used by Camp Hope organizers this June. Camp Hope annually takes place at Camp Aldrich to provide a summer camp experience for children and teens who have or have had cancer.

Rosewood AKTION Club is sponsoring the “Help For Camp Hope” fund drive to raise supplies that will aid campers this June. From now until April 30, donors can drop supplies off at one of four Great Bend locations: Rosewood Furniture Gallery, 1607 Main; and Rosewood Bargain Barn, 1215 Main.     

“Our AKTION Club members are excited to help make a difference for the children of Camp Hope,” said Rosewood AKTION Club sponsor Frankie Pelster. ”We’ve been involved in other community drives, but this is the first time working with Camp Hope and we are committed to making this initial drive a success. We are asking the community to join in our service project.”

Rosewood AKTION Club is collecting the following items for Camp Hope:

Medical Supplies - Sunscreen (prefer spray up to 30 SPF); Bug Spray (10% Deet preferred); Band-Aids (assorted sizes and fun ones for small children); Hand sanitizer (small and mini sizes); Wet One travel packs; Kleenex travel packs.

Crafts Supplies - Stickers (small, flat type); white tube socks for tie dye project (80% cotton, assorted sizes for ages 5-18 years); cheap plastic buckets; box of rubber gloves.

Monetary donations are also being collected so that items still needed at the end of the drive can be purchased to complete the list.

Updates about items collected will be posted on Rosewood Services Facebook page, so future donors can focus on items still needed.

Rosewood AKTION Club is an affiliate of the national Kiwanis organization that promotes service in action for people with developmental disabilities. The area club allows Rosewood representatives to be actively involved in the community and to positively impact the lives of others.

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Sunflower Charity Gala offers wide range of auction items
This is the view when walking into Lakeview Lodge at Table Rock. A stay at this new location is one of the live-auction items at the upcoming Sunflower Charity Gala.

The live and silent auctions at the upcoming Sunflower Diversified Services Charity Gala will appeal to many interests, tastes and budgets, said Connie Oetken, director of development.

          “We have collected a wide variety of items for our auctions and are accepting more,” Oetken said. “It is not too late to donate an item or become a sponsor in support of people in central Kansas with special needs.”

          Live-auction items include: a new Hustler Raptor riding lawnmower and trailer; EWheels scooter; stay at the new Lakeview Lodge, with eight beds and eight baths at Table Rock; deluxe golf package for StoneRidge, Smoky Hill and Colbert Hills; two sets of tires; prime rib dinner for 10 at RePerks; Traeger cooker; security system; Winchester Model 1890 rifle; 2018-19 autographed University of Kansas basketball; money wreath; stay at a mountain home; firepit; well-traveled bike; KU paver; heavy-duty pull wagon; EPPI gift card; metal art; and more.

          Categories of items in the silent auction include: jewelry; wall hangings; kitchen accessories; sports blankets; jackets; outdoor games; barbecue accessories; and gift certificates.

          The Charity Gala begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Great Bend Events Center, 3111 10th in Great Bend. Participants can expect a catered meal from Ellsworth Steak House and open bar. The wait staff will serve wine at the tables.

          “This is our 15th annual Gala and we hope for a great turnout,” Oetken commented. “It is a popular annual event because we support our neighbors with disabilities and delays, while having fun at the same time.

          “All donors and volunteers can be assured that every penny we raise stays in our local communities,” she continued. “The Gala and our other fundraisers are crucial to the people we serve because there is so much need for early education, independent-living options and employment opportunities. Tax dollars cannot come close to doing it all.”

          Auctioneer Mike Niedens and Emcee Scott Donovan will keep the crowd entertained again this year.

          A seat at the Gala is $100. For more information, contact Oetken by calling 620-792-1325.

          Sunflower, a non-profit agency, serves infants, toddlers and adults in Barton, Pawnee, Rice, Rush and Stafford counties. It is in its 54th year.