Dovetail auction seeks donations

Carnival and auction are June 21

By Jeff Gilliland - [email protected]

The 36th annual KAMP Dovetail is less than 10 days away and one way the community can help it be a success once again is by attending the the 10th annual SATH Auction and Carnival on Wednesday, June 21.

The auction and carnival are both open to the public. So, while adults take part in the auction, their kids can have fun at the auction where there will be kinds of games and contests.

“Community members are encouraged to make a donation of a craft, homemade item, or any other items to be sold at the auction to help raise funds for KAMP Dovetail,” SATH Executive Director Linda Allen said in a news release. “Also, campers will be donating items to be auctioned off. Sports fans will be delighted with the sports memorabilia items available for sale.”

Anyone with items to donate can drop them off at KAMP Dovetail, located in the Rocky Fork State Park Campground, anytime on June 19, 20 or 21 before 5 p.m.

All proceeds will be used to support this year’s camp, which is themed Jurassic Camp.

“So bring your lawn chair and come out and enjoy an evening at KAMP Dovetail. We hope to see you at the auction,” the news release said.

KAMP (Kids And Motivated People) Dovetail is a volunteer-run summer camp sponsored by Supplementary Assistance to the Handicapped (SATH), a non-profit organization. The camp is for children with disabilities in Highland and surrounding counties.

The camp is held at Rocky Fork State Park. Each child who visits the camp is teamed with their own camp volunteer. The word volunteer is used instead of counselor because everyone at the camp is a volunteer. No one is paid.

Two years ago there were 285 campers, 417 volunteers, all trained to work with the campers one-on-one, and another 300 volunteers who came and went throughout the week serving meals and performing other tasks.

“Each and every person is there solely for the purpose of ensuring that the campers enjoy their week at camp,” the Dovetail website says. “Our volunteer staff works diligently all year long to secure donations of cash and supplies from area merchants and individuals. This combination of an all-volunteer staff and their yearlong fundraising campaigns allow us to offer our camp at a fraction of the cost charged by other similar camps.”

This year’s camp begins Monday, June 19.

Reach Jeff Gilliland at 937-402-2522 or on Twitter @13gillilandj.

Carnival and auction are June 21

By Jeff Gilliland

[email protected]