INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 3, 2015) – Hoosiers rolled the dice this weekend, hoping for a big win for Indiana’s youth.
“It’s a big night for the camp because we rely heavily on local businesses, people in the local community to support us,” Mitch Black said, a board member with Jameson Camp.
The camp hosted its second annual Casino Night Saturday.
For more than 85 years, Jameson Camp has helped Hoosier youth, a majority of kids at or below the poverty line, needing a good hand in life.
“To come together and they love each other regardless of background,” Jeana Jefferson said, a Hoosier mom who’s sent her three kids to Jameson Camp. “I think this has the foundation for a lot of youth to be involved in the community and maybe get involved in the other side of the violence.”
The jackpot tonight? A goal of raising $20,000.
Jameson Camp received a challenge grant from the Indianapolis Foundation, which will match dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000 through February.
Money raised will fund the Teen Leadership Program, services organizers said are needed now more than never.
“We give an alternative so kids who are involved in our program have positive relationships with a supportive group of kids who are all trying to avoid making some of those bad choices,” Dan Shepley said, the camps executive director.
Parents like Jefferson call the camp home.
“It helps them have a spot that they can come and it doesn’t matter what your income is here,” she said. “It doesn’t matter. There’s all walks of life and income. They all mingle in.”
In all, Saturday's fundraiser raised just more than $15,000.