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Hooked On Camp 2014 Raises More Than $17,000

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Dynamic Health & Pain Management logoMore than 18 people caught over 100 fish during Hooked On Camp, a tournament fundraiser, on Oct. 23-24, 2014, on YMCA Camp Harrison’s Lake Broyhill.

The annual event raised more than $17,000 for Camp Blue Skies Foundation. The title sponsor for this year’s event was Dynamic Health & Pain Management of Charlotte.

Many participants arrived Thursday evening and enjoyed a hearty dinner. Hooked On Camp captain Gene Vaughn went over guidelines and safety practices. John Wendel, NBC Charlotte meteorologist and honorary chairman for the tourney, provided the weather report.

Nine boats cast off the dock early Friday morning. As the fog and the chill lifted, it was a glorious day for fishing.

Among the winners of the competition (watch the video to see the fish):

The Biggest Bass

Biggest bass, Ric Hendrickson, Hooked On Camp 2014

Ric Hendrickson (center) caught a 3.35 lb. bass during Hooked On Camp 2014.

The Biggest Bluegill

Biggest bluegill, John Wendel, Hooked On Camp 2014

John Wendel (center) caught the biggest bluegill at 13 oz. during Hooked On Camp 2014.

The Most Fish Caught

Most Fish Caught, Peter Cox, Andre Cox, Hooked on Camp 2014

The Most Fish Caught were 30 by Andre (left) and Peter Cox (second from right) during Hooked On Camp 2014.

We are grateful to the following sponsors and donors who made Hooked On Camp 2014 such a success:

Aspen Medical Devices John & Coletta Lenhart
Barnhardt Manufacturing Company Jack & Barbara Marks
Bass Pro Shops Tom & Chris O’Boyle
Bubba Blades Patterson Heating & Air
Cox & Company Mark Ridenhour
Edifice, Inc. T-N-T BBQ
Foreign Cars Italia, Greensboro YMCA Camp Harrison
HarkerDoerre, LLC John Wendel, Honorary Chair & NBC Charlotte Meteorologist
Johnson’s Roofing, Inc. Tom Wendel, Wildlife Artist

Save the Date: Hooked On Camp 2015 is Sept. 10-11 at YMCA Camp Harrison! Want to sign up now or become a sponsor? Email email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Raise money for Camp Blue Skies when you shop on Amazon

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Amazon Smile Want a way to make your shopping on do some good? Camp Blue Skies Foundation is part of the AmazonSmile program. Read more about the fundraising program for nonprofits.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Camp Blue Skies. It’s same shopping site that you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Camp Blue Skies Foundation will receive a donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation when you buy eligible items.

Use this link to designate Camp Blue Skies Foundation as your AmazonSmile nonprofit of choice: or search “Amazon Smile” on your Amazon account and then search for “Camp Blue Skies Foundation.” Once you connect your account, that’s it.

After you make an AmazonSmile purchase, you will be prompted to share the news about your good deed to Facebook, Twitter or through email.

Pedals For People: It’s like learning how to ride a bike….or trike!

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Few things in life can provide the same level of accomplishment and freedom as learning to ride a bike. One of our amazing volunteers is working towards providing our campers with the opportunity to ride during Camp Blue Skies!

Pedals for People Collage

Pedals for People will raise money to supply adult tricycles for our campers to use while they’re at camp! Frannie Root (NC 2013 volunteer) and Brandon Tyrrell (Frannie’s boyfriend and future CBS volunteer) have created a grassroots fundraiser surrounding two bike tours they will be doing this summer. Read all about their planned adventures and how to support them here at the Pedals for People donation website:

We are humbled and honored to be chosen as the recipient for this fun, creative and thoughtful fundraising effort. Goes to show once again the Camp Blue Skies family is hands down filled with the most amazing people.

Thank you, Frannie and Brandon!

Hoops For Camp 2014 Winner!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

A big Camp Blue Skies thanks to everyone who donated  to our 2014  Hoops For Camp NCAA Bracket Challenge! You raised more than $25,000 for our campers. Thanks to your generosity, it was another record-breaking fundraiser.

Who won the $500 Apple gift card? Watch the video to find out! We also added a prize from the Camp Blue Skies swag closet for someone from the Bottom 10 of the brackets.

Get the Scoop on the Hoops For Camp Video

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

For the third year of Camp Blues Skies Hoops for Camp fundraiser, we wanted to go “big” for a promotional video… and we did! The minute-long NCAA Bracket Challenge video features Jay Bilas, an award-winning basketball analyst for ESPN and a former starter for Duke University, along with campers, volunteers and founder Dick Sesler.

A friend connected us to Jay, and he graciously agreed to appear in the video. We then asked campers Michael Harvey, Brandon Burrows, and Kelly Case to join us. And, of course, we needed some volunteers for the video … Nicholas Lee and Collin Wade answered that call.

We mapped out a script for the big day, and what we had on paper is pretty much what you see on the screen. Our mission was to capture the spirit of fun and teamwork that makes Camp Blue Skies so wonderful.



The CBS team gathered the morning of Nov. 18, 2013, in the gym at Charlotte’s Providence United Methodist Church (thanks for so graciously allowing us to use the space). Amy Millikan and Crystal Dempsey had visited the day before to test the light and sound levels. They blocked out where everyone should stand and assessed what we needed (snacks? water? special shirts?). During the shoot, Crystal served as the director/camera operator while Alison Barry and Amy watched for consistency and sight-lines. Russ Case, Kelly’s dad, and Christie Sproles served as morale boosters and cheerleaders.

The “cast” stayed upbeat and downright joyous when they were asked to do their lines and take shots… a few dozen times. Again, that Camp Blue Skies spirit shined through.

After two hours of filming, the team called it a “wrap,” at least we think that’s the show biz term for “we’re done.” The video then went to Stan Peal who edited the two hours into the one-minute video. Stan had some help from Anthony Proctor of 1060 Creative in post-production.

Thanks to all of the folks who helped make this video a reality! Now, go sign up for Hoops For Camp… you could be a Fundraising Captain, A Team Player or a No. 1 Fan. Sign up here TODAY and you could win a $500 Apple gift card.


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