Community members invited to camp out
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
Jun 06, 2013 | 964 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Camp Out Homelessness
WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday, June 7 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8
WHERE: Northmead Elementary School, 625 L St.
COST: $30 to reserve a campsite; food included
INFO: Justin Danner, 581-1036


Community members are invited to the 24-hour Camp Out Homelessness event this weekend at Northmead Elementary School to help the local charity, Helping Others Sleep Tonight.

Camp Out Homelessness began last year when participants pitched a dozen tents on the Federated Methodist-Presbyterian Church grounds. This year, the campout is shifting locations to Northmead Elementary School on L Street.

Organizers say their goal is to raise more than the $6,000 it brought in last year to support the HOST house, a homeless shelter that is slated to open this fall at Fourth and C Streets.

“We invite all community members and their families to come out to our Camp Out Homelessness and have a great time while supporting an even better cause,” said Justin Danner, HOST administrative assistant.

Danner, who coordinates the fundraisers, said the nonprofit homeless advocacy group will have a fireworks booth in June in the Walmart parking lot to raise more money for the local shelter. He said the goal is to open the HOST house in September.

“We have a couple more pieces of drywall to go up, but the house is pretty much done,” Danner said.

Participants in this weekend’s event are responsible for acquiring donations, and must raise $25 to receive a T-shirt. Businesses and sponsors are required to donate $100 to be advertised on the shirt. Organizers also urge participants to save aluminum cans and plastic bottles to be recycled at the event.

Attendees must pay a one-time fee of $30 to reserve a campsite. Food costs have been included.

All campsites must consist of five to 10 campers and must be occupied by at least one camper at all times. No drugs, no alcohol and no pets are allowed. Violence or disruptive behavior of any kind will not be tolerated.

The event will include prizes, games, karaoke, live music, face painting, a barbecue, refreshments and s’mores.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.

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