One Heartland Sponsors Jazzy “Holiday in the Heartland” for Kids’ Camps
Each summer, One Heartland welcomes more than six-hundred young people to camp for a week of play to build skills, confidence, and friendships. The camp is open to youths living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, experiencing homelessness, in the LGBTQ+ community, or working towards a healthier lifestyle.
To raise funds for the camps, One Heartland sponsors “Holiday in the Heartland,” a very popular annual event. Organizers hope that his year’s two-night event on Saturday and Sunday, December 8 and 9, at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, MN (1010 Nicollet Mall), will raise tens of thousands of dollars to support next summers’ camps. Each evening will feature a special musical guest (including Har Mar Superstar, a popular local musician), a jazz program, silent and live auctions, and presentation of the annual One Heartland Heart of Hope Award.
At the camps, One Heartland offers activities for recreation, (canoeing, fishing, archery), education (cooking, interview skills, healthy relationships), and healing (animal therapy, art and music therapy). These activities create opportunities for the children to form bonds with peers who are in similar life situations. They often create memories and a support network of lifelong friends. Nearly 75 percent of One Heartland’s campers are youth of color; 75 percent of their families live at or below federal poverty level. Many families pay nothing at all for a week of camp. One Heartland also arranges and covers the cost of travel to and from camp, and provides clothing, toiletries, and other supplies to campers in need.
Emily James, Grants and Communications Coordinator at One Heartland, told A&U, “We do everything in our power to make sure kids can come to camp and that the experience isn’t a burden for the family.”
Join One Heartland for this holiday fundraiser on Saturday or Sunday, December 8 and 9, at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis. General admission tickets are $35.00; VIP tickets, which include dinner and a “special gift,” are $150.00. If you or your company are interested in sponsorship, please contact Patrick Kindler at [email protected] or 612-824-6464. Additional information can be found at www.oneheartland.org. You may also donate to One Heartland on their website.
—Reporting by Hank Trout
Hank Trout, Editor at Large, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a thirty-eight-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his fiancé Rick. Follow him on Twitter @HankTroutWriter.