For many, Camp Rising Sun’s has become a summer tradition. The event is a major fundraiser the local camp for kids with cancer.
’s own Shaun Heffernan is at the helm of the major operation. Shaun got involved with when he spent a week volunteering at the camp. “After that, I was hooked,” admits Shaun in an interview this week between preparations.
Night Out was around before Heffernan got involved. Previously the event was held at Anna Liffeys in New Haven for three years until they outgrew the space. Shaun approached John and Pat Bloomquist of the about possibly partnering with them to host the event. Right away the Owenego was on board and committed to make the benefit a success.
Eight years later, the event has taken on a life of its own. Last year Night Out drew a record crowd of 1,300 and raised $55,000. Shaun explains the event as an “awesome party where you have the opportunity to help kids with cancer have a good time.” Night Out features a delicious summer buffet and cookout, live bands, cash bar, raffles, and more.
Camp Rising Sun is entering its 29th summer of offering the weeklong camp to kids with cancer. Through the generosity of many, they are able to offer the camp free of cost. It takes a team of 75 people to make camp run daily, inclusive of doctors, nurses, and counselors who all donate their time - there is no paid staff.
Even without staff costs, it costs $190,000 to send all 130 kids to camp for a week. Camp Rising Sun depends on events like Night Out to make camp possible. They also have sponsored teams run the Hartford Marathon, , and have a longstanding partnership with Bob Kaufman of Bob’s Discount Furniture, who just last night donated $90,000 to Camp Rising Sun following the success of his “Bobs Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament”
Tickets for this years Annual Night Out at the Owenego Beach Club are a donation of $25 for adults and $10 for children 3-15. Tickets and other ways to get involved with Camp Rising Sun are available online.