Camp Joy event raises $330,000

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Participants “Dance for Joy” at Xavier’s Cintas Center.

CLARKSVILLE — More than 600 guests “Danced for Joy” at Xavier’s Cintas Center on April 15 in support of Camp Joy’s programs for area low-income youth, foster campers, and children with chronic medical conditions.

More than $330,000 was raised at the sold-out “Dance for Joy” event “that will make a life-long impact on the lives of hundreds of children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to have camp experience. Funds raised by the ‘Dance for Joy’ will increase programming opportunities for more underserved youth,” stated a Camp Joy press release.

Former Camp Joy counselor and current board member Drew Lachey was master of ceremonies for the evening’s festivities. The evening included cocktails, silent auction, dinner, a performance by the Lachey Arts Camp performers, and dancing to the music of local favorite Johnny Clueless.

Cincinnati Bell and Macy’s were the presenting sponsors, and Chris and Julie Knueven and Alli and Alex Parlin co-chaired the event.

“For over 75 years, Camp Joy has made a positive impact on the lives of more than one million people by providing life-changing experiences for underserved youth from the Greater Cincinnati region,” the release added. “Camp Joy provides these experiences to youth in foster care, low-income youth, and children with chronic medical condition.

“Camp Joy’s Outdoor Education program delivers experiences for school-age youth that focus on academic standards in an experiential learning setting. In addition, Camp Joy provides experiential leadership and teambuilding programs for business professionals, community leaders, and university and high school students.

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Participants “Dance for Joy” at Xavier’s Cintas Center. “Dance for Joy” at Xavier’s Cintas Center.

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