Friday, July 21, 2017

We've Got Mail!

Over 1,600 children and youth will attend Camp Luther this summer. Many of these will be coming for the first time. Over 200 of these first-timers will experience the Christ-centered community, build positive relationships with their counselors and fellow campers, and grow in their faith because of the Every Kid to Camp program. 

Every Kid to Camp allows kids who have never experienced a Camp Luther summer program to come to camp at no expense to their parents. Generous supporters who know that camp changes lives make this possible, and we are so grateful! When you give to the Every Kid to Camp program, you are helping kids have new experiences, learn life skills, get unplugged, make lasting friendships, and most of all learn about Jesus and His incredible love for us. 

We love opening the mail and seeing thank you notes from Every Kids to Camp recipients! Although they are addressed to Camp Luther, they are really thanking everyone who supports Camp and the Every Kid to Camp program. Thank you!!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Golfing FORE Kids!

Heavy rains poured on the day before Camp Luther’s 13th Annual Golf Challenge in Rhinelander, delaying the start time for one hour to allow the Northwoods Golf Course to dry out.  With an extra hour of rest golfers came ready to play on a beautiful 70° sunny day!

With 15 teams competing for multiple awards in the Competitor and Hackers Division it was game on! For the first time in many years the Volm Team edged out the Strasser Team by one stroke in the Competitor Division. Tim Strasser made up for the loss by winning the Longest Putt on #7. MCL Team 3 took the honors in the Hackers Division by four strokes. Meanwhile, members from MCL and BayTek Teams dominated the Hacker Awards with Terry Hansteadt winning the Most Balls in the Water Honor and Todd Louthain and Carl Treankler tying for Most Lost Balls, with Jane Hunter breaking up the monopoly by winning the Least Used Tee Shot. John Zimdars showed everyone how to hole-in-one the Closest Chip Shot, while Nate Reichle brought in the Long Drive in the Fairway and Josh Wergin got the Long Putt on #18.  And who knew what golfing finesse Dave Karolus possessed? Dave was the big winner of the Putting Contest, while Carl Treankler made up for losing the most lost balls by sinking one in for second place. Congratulations to all our winners!

The Volm Team took first place in the Competitor Division!
MCL Team 3 took first place in the Hackers Division!

While everyone enjoyed a great meal, golfers heard from a Camp Luther counselor and camper on how Camp Luther has impacted them both personally and professionally. The event then moved on to the gift basket drawing with nine baskets loaded with items such as a handmade quilt, specialty coffees, a week away for two, and many more enticing items that had been donated by area businesses and staff members. Camp Luther is forever grateful to all those who donated items for the baskets and helped support the golf outing, especially:

Tournament Sponsor: MCL Industries Inc.
Luncheon Sponsor: Bay Tek Games
Silver Sponsors: Michael T & Jane L Hunter Foundation, Lutheran Church Extension Fund, and Volm Companies
Hole-in-One Sponsor: Eagle River Ford, Kyle Plummer owner

Hole-in-One Contest prize: 2017 Ford Truck, sponsored by Eagle River Ford
Bronze Sponsors: Church Mutual Insurance Foundation, Bayland Builders and the Reineke-Accola Families
Hole Sponsors: Parsons of Antigo & Eagle River, Hayes Graphics, Photo Joe, Mike & Karla Arrigoni, Northern Michigan Bank & Trust, and Dave & Marlys Hartman.

Thanks to all our golfers and sponsors for another successful Golf Challenge. Through their support over $14,000 was raised for the Every Kid to Camp Fund! Mark your calendars for the 14th Annual Camp Luther Golf Challenge, June 22, 2018!! We look forward to seeing you there!