Camp-A-Thon Challenge

Camp-A-Thon Challenge | Thank You

From all of us at North Star Reach, including our camper families and volunteers, THANK YOU!  You made last weekend–our first-ever 24-hour virtual Facebook fundraiser–a success. Together, we raised nearly $94,000 during our first-ever Camp-A-Thon Challenge. Gifts came from every corner of our community, from program and medical volunteers, to camper families, board members, and staff. All told, there were 50 fundraising teams, collecting more than 650 individual donations from across their network of friends and family (see the teams and current fundraising tallies here)! You are all AMAZING! 

These funds will help North Star Reach as it delivers innovative services and “camp magic” to the homes of campers and families during the upcoming summer, and beyond. If you haven’t already, you can make a gift by visiting our Donate page. (Checks mailed to our administrative office are gratefully accepted, too!). Each and every gift, no matter the size, makes a tremendous difference for our camper families and will bring us closer to reaching our $100,000 campaign goal. We are SO close, friends!

Below, you can view the terrific LIVE and recorded Camp-A-Thon Challenge events, or you can view them on our Facebook Video Gallery page.

Camp-A-Thon Featured Events & Special Guests

• Clea Newman, Ambassador of SeriousFun Children’s Network (founded by her father, Paul Newman) in conversation with Doug Armstrong, North Star Reach Founder & CEO. View video

• Singer/songwriter Ali McManus. A Detroit-born artist, Ali released her debut album “Unbreakable” in 2018. Her original lyrics spring from a lifetime facing significant health challenges. She shared her talents and inspiration with North Star Reach Solstice Campers last summer. View video

• Singer Cristina Holder-Rodriguez, a junior in Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan and dedicated North Star Reach program volunteer. View video (song segment begins at 10:30)

• Singer Jim Rose, a bass soloist and principal French Hornist who has performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. A North Star Reach donor, he found his gift for singing after losing his daughter to cancer. Video video

• Campfire song request with musician John Silva. View video

• Storyteller Bridget Schank, who has performed at First Person Live, The Moth, Fillet of Solo, Universal Sound, and Do Not Submit. A Chicago-resident, Bridget, her husband, son and daughter have attended North Star Reach Camps the past two years (Bridget’s story, which aired during our late-night evening session, contained language appropriate for adult audiences and is available by request).

• Meteorologist Andrew Humphrey. Join Andrew for a WDIV Local 4 Studio Tour. A longtime supporter of North Star Reach, Andrew has championed camp by writing articles, producing broadcast stories, starring in public service announcements, emceeing past Under the North Star galas, and leading North Star Reach’s partnership with WDIV Local 4. View video

• Over 20 years ago, two nurses from the University of Michigan Transplant Center—Vicki Shieck and Doug Armstrong —helped start the camp program that became Camp Michitanki (for Michigan Transplant Kids). Listen and learn more about the beginnings of North Star Reach. View video

• Conversation with architect Jan Culbertson of A3C – Collaborative Architecture, James “B’fer” Roth and Patrick Smith about the intentional design of North Star Reach. View video

• Closing gratitude with Doug Armstrong. View video

Despite the challenges, we are all finding ways to stay connected. The Camp-A-Thon Challenge is just the beginning, and we can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in the coming months.

Thank you again for your tremendous support!

Header photo credit: Eric Bronson / Michigan Photography