Camping the Night Away (CtNA) is Children’s Cancer Connection’s signature event. Held in both Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, these events directly support Camp Heart Connection camp programs. In 2022, we welcomed our largest crowd yet of 225 guests to the Des Moines event. Similar to a gala, it is more casual and embraces the camp theme, which this year was “The Sweetest Year Yet.” The event venue was adorned with candy-themed table décor and activities. Being held on a Thursday evening, guests can come straight from work in business casual attire. Guests relax and have fun, learn about CCC and it’s important Camp Heart Connection Camp programs, and support a worthy cause. The evening includes camp-themed food and drinks, a music act, live and silent auctions, raffles, games and so much more! The program shares what CCC has been up to the past year, what we’re looking forward to, and showcases why free camp programs are so important to families affected by childhood cancer.
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Camping the Night Away Des Moines raised more than $74,000 in 2022 and profited more than $60,000 of that for camp programs. This was about a $7,000 increase over the previous year. To give a visual of what $60,000 supports at Camp Heart Connection, that’s equivalent to supporting 12 cabins of 10 campers. Camping the Night Away has been in the Des Moines area for 12 years. This event has grown financially by $5,000-$7,000 each of the last five years and has grown in guest size causing the event to move venues for 2023. The added funds that we raise at our internal events like Camping the Night Away allow us to support a large amount of programs internally. This helps us rely less on outside sources, but also allows those outside funding sources to be used to make camp programs stronger and support adding new and fun things to Camp.
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