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KOA Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend sends kids with cancer to camp

Photo courtesy of KOA Care Camps.

Pay to stay at a Kampgrounds of America site on Friday, May 11 and you’ll receive a free night of camping on Saturday, May 12 at any of the 400-plus participating KOA campgrounds throughout North American.

It’s part of KOA’s 9th Annual Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend, which also serves as a fundraiser to support KOA Care Camps for children with cancer. The event attracted more than 25,000 camping families in 2011.

KOA Care Camps is a network of 44 specialized summer camps nationwide that provide a safe — and free — summer camping experience for children undergoing or recovering treatment for cancer.

“We have found a wonderful way to invite out campers to begin enjoying their summer camping season and also allow them to help us support camps for children with cancer,” said KOA CEO Jim Rogers in a press release.

Last year, more than $500,000 was raised through camper donations. Find a complete list of participating KOAs.

Kampgrounds of America, founded on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962, is the world’s largest system of open-to-the-public family campgrounds. KOA has 485 locations in the United States and Canada. KOA.com.

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Double the community service

Flori (left) and Ilyena Witenstein (14) of Phoenix.

More than 100 artists will be displaying their wares along Central Avenue between Dunlap and the canal from 5 to 9pm Saturday, April 9 as part of Sunnyslope Art Walk.

Among them will be Ileyna & Flori Witenstein, creators of “Whoopies, Caps with a Cause!”

The twins in 2009.

We first wrote about the twins, who are the daughters of Dan & Julie Witenstein of Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance, in 2009. The girls, who came home from summer camp the year before with whooping cough, spent their convalescence creating magnets and jewelry with a bottle cap decorating kit. Their hobby turned into a community service project.

They donate a percentage of the proceeds of their sales to The Arizona Partnership for Immunization (TAPI ) and spread the word about their experience with whooping cough and the need for immunizations.

“From the sales of our ‘Whoopies’ just this year, we have donated close to $400 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Desert Mission Community Health Center (in Sunnyslope), and to TAPI,” the girls told us.

For the Sunnyslope Art Walk, they’ll be located in the parking lot near Grinder’s Coffee at Central & Dunlap. The event features paintings, photography, mixed media, fiber/wearable, metal work and much more. Parking is available at Sunnyslope Village Center (115 E. Dunlap), Sunnyslope High School (35 E Dunlap) and Cowden Center (9202 N 2nd St.). Learn more at sunnyslopecommunity.org.