Houston’s Camp For All Is The Greatest Camp On Earth

February 12, 2024
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“Under The Big Top” Event  Raises Big Funds

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Katie Lynn

THE SCENE: The Revaire in Houston was the recent setting for a million-dollar night of fundraising. A sold-out crowd featuring over 600 of the city’s most notable sociables, philanthropists, and community leaders turned out for Camp For All’s Under the Big Top gala for a night of carnival pageantry and fun.

THE VIBE: The circus-chic crowd donned a mix of cocktail and circus costume attire that created a welcoming, fun environment that could be felt the moment guests walked into The Revaire for cocktail hour. As guests sipped on their favorite spirits, they mingled with other revelers and perused the impressive array of silent auction items.

Revelers then took to their seats for the main program. As patrons dined on their delectable, Master of Ceremonies Ilona Carson effortlessly kept the evening flowing at a brisk, yet engaging pace. While patrons multi-course meals, they were treated to a series of touching tributes and testimonials of how Camp For All’s innovative services positively impact so many from the Houston area and beyond.

Next, the organization honored Ginger Bertrand and her mother, the late Sybil Roos, and their families for their tireless support of Camp For All. The festivities culminated with a spirited Live Auction which featured a dazzling array of fabulous experiences. Guests raised their paddles and the event fundraising totals bidding on items including an Aspen Retreat, a four-night desert getaway at Sedona Piñon Woods, and a tour of iconic contemporary artist Hunt Slonem.

THE NON-PROFIT: The event, co-chaired by Yésley Love, Stephanie Magers, and Caroline Walter raised over $1 million for Camp For All, which provides barrier-free access to camping, nature, and other life-changing experiences for children and adults with special needs. Proceeds raised from Under the Big Top will go towards providing programs and services that benefit over 9,000 residents from the Houston area who utilize the 206-acre campsite each year.

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