Thanks for a Great 4th Annual CAM Kokomo Burgerfest
With great weather, the 4th CAM Kokomo Burgerfest began at 8:30 a.m. with set-up by 25 CAM Client Volunteers. This Event would not have been possible without their help.Special thanks to;
Bailey’s Concessions faithfully returned to help us with Elephant Ears and the best ShakeUps (Pam’s grandmother’s recipe.)
Our Business Supporters were all three Burger Kings, Dairy Queen on Sycamore, Crazy J’s Ice Cream Bar, Kokomo Parks, Coffee Junkiez, B & K on Markland, Texas Roadhouse, Grindstone Charley’s, Coca Cola Bottling, H & J’s Old Fashion Fountain Drinks worked a grill shift, Meijers, AmeriGas, Culligan of Kokomo, Martin Brothers Applicances for the Burger Battle Grill, and Community Howard Regional Health EMT.
The Media assistance helps spread the word of CAM and a couple of our out-of-the-ordinary expenses – Match to complete the Serena House Grant and $3,500 needed for an air conditioner that died a natural death at 210 North Market. Fund Raisers are an essential part of keeping nonprofits running. We wish to thank Z92.5 FM and WWKI 100.5 FM, Kokomo Perspective, and Kokomo Tribune.
On the Stage, we wish to thank for beautiful music, Mark Mayfield from Great Faith Christian Center, Judson Road Christian Praise Team, HIS Band, Family Worship Center Praise Team, and Chris Neuhauser for supplying music and the sound system.
Thanks to the additional Churches who helped at the Burgerfest – Crossroads for the donation of food purchased, Judson Road Christian Church Teams led by Devin McCarty, and Russiaville Community Church with their help in donating the Big Green Egg Mini Max. Volunteers and supplies from St. Andrew Episcopal, Mt. Pisgah Baptist, Wayman Chapel AME, Second Baptist, First Church of the Nazarene, Main St. United Methodist, St. Thomas Orthodox, Liberty Baptist, Calvary Baptist, First Baptist Kokomo, Grace United Methodist, Oakbrook Community Church, Spirit Wind Church, Grace Memorial Church of God in Christ, Here’s Hope Church, and New Life Church.
Much thanks to the eight Burger Battle Participants – Brock Simpson – “CAM Burger”; Eddie Harmon – Jackson St. Commons - “USO Delight”; Joni Wdowka – “Cheesy, Cheesy Burger”; Ben Rutz & Erin Fletcher – Z92.5 FM Radio – “Z92.5 Specialty Burger”; Travis Marley – Marley Grill House – “Son of a Bun”; Scott Smith – Krazy Horse Krew Motor Cycle Group – “Beach BBQ Burger”; Jake Gibson – “Oh…Blank!! Burger”; Doug Glenn – “Pico Burger.” Judges’ Choice Winner – Joni Wdowka and People’s Choice Winner – Travis Marley.
Thanks to our Four Celebrity Judges were Reba Harris – Gilead House; Marla Miller-Dennis – Kokomo Chamber of Commerce & Wife of J.R. – WWKI 100.5 FM Radio; Rob Rupe – “Our Legion In These Parts” – Z92.5 FM Radio; and, willing to step in – Dennis Sanders – Grace Memorial Church of God in Christ.
We really appreciate the Second Baptist Grillers who created Kokomo Burgerfest Aprons.
We thank these who worked the entire day - Kathy Esslinger, CAM Executive Supervisor; Krista Howe, CAM Assistant Fund Raiser; Debbie Norris, CAM Treasurer, Gene Kostrewa, CAM Board Member; Carl Brocks, CAM Case Manager; Devin McCarty from Judson Road Christian Church, and James Howe, MC.
For more pictures and names, please check out our website – CAMincHopeForHomeless.org and our facebook – CAM Hope. CAM is a Community Service Provider for Center Township Trustee. Sincerely, Rev. Ruth Lawson, CAM, Inc. 765-434-0687
Miracle of CAM Kokomo Burgerfest
CAM – Coordinated Assistance Ministries, Inc. was established on faith and continues as such. In April 1993, a Volunteer gave the newly formed CAM a $1,000 to open our doors, and, with a logo drawn by a CAM Client, we opened May 1, 1993.
Now, 24 years later, faith in God continues to drive us. We have daily “miracles” such as – a call from a father about needing a dresser to receive his son into his life. We had none at 1 p.m. on that day. By 2, Kathy receives a call from a man, wanting to bring us a dresser.
Throughout the years, “Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see” – Hebrews 11:1.
On August 5th, Foster Park, CAM, Inc. had the 4thBurgerfest. It was beautiful weather; a few $100 Sponsors lined up; and many large donations, such as food purchased by Crossroads, Coke donated by Coke Bottling Company, and Big Green Egg Mini Max donated by Martin Brothers Appliances and Russiaville Community Church. With Bailey’s Concessions, incredible music on the Stage, 22 Churches, and 93 Volunteers, we were well-organized and throughly enjoyed the day. The addition of the Hippity Hop Chorale brought extra joy to children.
When interviewed by the Kokomo Tribune, the question asked was “what is your goal?” The answer – “Burgerfest won’t so much help raise money as raise awareness about what CAM is and how we serve the community.” With the need to pay a bill of over $3,000 for a replaced air conditioner at 210 North Market and the need to raise the matching fund for the Serena House, besides regular bills, CAM really needs financial support.
It was a beautiful day – yet, going home after, my thoughts were “we probably made about $300 to $900 and was it really worth all this work for $300? Was it time to throw in the towel - yet we are having so much excitement with the Burger Battle and just an over-all good time by everyone. Second Baptist Team even made Burgerfest Aprons – so I know they are hoping to wear them more than one time.
We have had a lot of advertisement – Perspective, Tribune, WWKI 100.5, Z92.5, Chamber Facebook - people know we need to raise money. “Ok, Lord, what are You thinking? You sure sent us the day with perfect weather. But, come on, Lord. What are You thinking?”
When at home, I received a call from our CAM Treasurer, Debbie Norris. She asked, “Are you sitting down?” A woman came and gave us a check for $8.000!! We made $9,315!
Another amazing miracle! The Kokomo CAM Burgerfest will return. We’re listening, Lord.
Rev. Ruth Lawson,
Executive Director of CAM, Inc.
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