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Arrah Wanna pushes forward with renovations posted on 10/01/2019

The sounds of top hits from prior decades will provide a fitting accompaniment to Camp Arrah Wanna’s “The Generations of Promise” Banquet and Auction held at the camp’s historic lodge on Saturday, Oct. 12. All proceeds of the evening will provide funding for an ongoing campaign to renovate the camp’s facilities and ensure the continuation of the camp’s more than 78-year tradition of providing a place of respite and development for generations of campers.

“The goal (of the fundraiser) is improving the facilities for the next 75 years of use,” said Laura Young, executive director of the camp. “It should be a really fun night.”

She noted the evening will offer community members and donors a fun-filled night in the camp’s facilities including dinner, an open bar, live and silent auctions, raffles, games and a live band. She added the event was an opportunity for people to learn more about the camp’s history and future impact while enjoying a meal prepared by the camp’s food service staff.

Tickets for the event are $60 per person and include dinner and two drink tickets. Doors to the banquet open at 4:30 p.m., with the bar opening at 5 p.m. and dinner served at 6 p.m. Entertainment and auctions will occur throughout the evening.

The auction will include items such as vacation packages to regional resorts, artwork, locally produced woodworking, massage gift certificates, surf lessons in Lincoln City and gift baskets donated by community businesses. The camp is auctioning off a pool party to be hosted at their facilities in 2020 as well as VIP lodging on the campgrounds. For sports fans, a variety of Portland Trail Blazer memorabilia will be available at the auction, including a ball autographed by the 2018-19 roster.

The non-profit camp, conference and event center was established at its current location by The American Baptist Churches of Oregon as a nonprofit camping ministry in 1941. The camp describes its ongoing goal as “providing a beautiful, peaceful and safe environment where people can experience the transforming power of love and find support through positive relationships and activities.”

The camp has completed phase one of the restoration process which involved modernizing the second floor of the historic lodge and hiring a full-time Program and Marketing Director. Funds raised by the banquet and auction will be used to improve staff housing, continue renovation of the main lodge and update Judson Lodge, including making the restrooms ADA accessible.

“We’re constantly trying to figure out how to make the facilities more accessible,” said Young, adding that the camp hosts many groups with disabilities.

Young stated the camp hopes to host 150 guests at the banquet and auction.

Camp Arrah Wanna is located at 24075 East Arrah Wanna Boulevard in Welches.  Tickets to the event can be purchased online at www.camparrahwanna.org.

By Ben Simpson/MT

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