High Prairie Wilderness Camp raised several thousand dollars as an evening with Ben Crane created lots of laughs Oct. 29.
“We cannot say enough about how humbled and grateful we are for the people of High Prairie and the surrounding area who came out to support us and enjoy the show,” says camp director Aaron Harbidge, who founded the camp that was launched in 2016.
“We were completely thrilled and overwhelmed by the incredible support.”
A total of $18,545 was raised, with a net profit of about $16.330.94, he says.
The pie auction, with a few cash donations, raised $14,790.
About 230-240 people attended the event at the Legion Hall.
“We know that the audience enjoyed the show as much as we did, and we are grateful that Ben Crane and his family were able to come and provide such stellar entertainment,” says Harbidge.
Camp capacity was full with 16 campers ages 12-17 for each of the weeklong camps held Aug. 1-7 and Aug. 8-14 at the site located on the Little Smoky River about 32 kilometres southwest of High Prairie.
Youth came from the local area, Gift Lake, Peavine, Falher, Peace River, Grimshaw, and Grande Prairie, with many eager to return next year.
Expansion is already in the plans with a 10-day camp next summer, as well as the seven-day camps.