News from Camp Hertko Hollow

November 2014 Newsletter

Jessica Thornton - Thursday, October 30, 2014
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A message from the Executive Director . . .

November is just around the corner - and not only is it National Diabetes month it is also the month in which we kick off Camp Hertko Hollow's annual campaign! The annual campaign provides thousands of dollars to our campers every year through scholarship funds. In fact, this past summer 96% of our campers received some sort of financial assistance in order to attend camp. This year's campaign will generate close to $150,000 that goes directly towards providing families with the financial assistance they need to be able to afford camp. We have been doing this for 8 years now and can see first-hand how it affects these families - it truly makes a difference. Of course our campaign would not be possible (or successful) with out the help of our numerous volunteers who make calls to their friends/family/colleagues/etc. asking for contributions. If you would be willing to make a few calls on behalf of Camp Hertko Hollow please contact our office. If you're reading this newsletter you're likely already passionate about Camp, and would therefore be an excellent campaigner! The commitment is minimal and the experience is fun as well as rewarding. Please consider joining our team of volunteers to help us reach our annual campaign goal, and thank you for being part of the Camp Hertko Hollow family!

Jessica Thornton, Executive Director




April 24-26, 2015: Family Weekend

April 24-26, 2015: Teen Retreat

June 21-27, 2015: Kids Week 
(6-12 year olds)

June 28 - July 4, 2015: Teen Week 
(13-17 year olds)



The Run Like a Girl - 1K race was held on September 5th with proceeds benefiting Camp Hertko Hollow. Nearly 200 participants gathered for a fun evening in Downtown Des Moines - many of which were in costumes! Clutch from KGGO helped emcee the event and music was provided by the bands Nothing Special and The Holy Rattlesnakes. Special thanks to Crystal Repp, Brian Davis and Stacy Heidemann for coordinating the event as well as Mullets and El Bait Shop for hosting the festivities. Camp Hertko Hollow is grateful for your support!


Look for more shout outs each month, thank you to everyone who make camperships possible for these great kids!**


Check this out: SMASH DIABETES!

In an effort to support people living with diabetes and accelerating critical research, we ask you to join, Smash Diabetes, a creative campaign developed to drive awareness and raise new funding to advance cutting edge research.

Smash Diabetes is all about giving visibility to an invisible disease and sharing with the world how much diabetes stinks. It’s about showing the world how frustrating it is to live with the never-ending grind behind the scenes. Sure, we can eat candy on Halloween, Easter, and those other commercialized, sugar-saturated holidays, but it poses a set of challenges that most people don’t understand.

This November, to kick off Diabetes Awareness Month, we encourage everyone to Smash Diabetes by creatively (and safely*) smashing a pumpkin, or other autumn-esque objects, to represent the daily frustration of living with diabetes and desire to support those affected by diabetes and advance critical research.

To learn more visit SMASH DIABETES.ORG

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