In pursuit of Alex’s dream to bring the outdoor camping experience to people with developmental disabilities, Alex and Elsie recruited their friends. Once Alex found the property in Boulder Creek, HARTS was formed to help raise funds for the purchase of the property.
HARTS is an affiliate of Camping Unlimited, Inc., and has shared in the fundraising efforts of Camping Unlimited for over 55 years. Over the years there have been many different ways that HARTS has raised its funds for Camp Krem. In 2005, we kicked off an Annual Casino night, and that continues to this day as our primary fundraiser each year. In recent years we started an annual A’s game, to which we’ve sold from 90 – 150 tickets, preceded by a fun and tasty tailgate gathering.
Funds raised by HARTS are solely used for improvements to the camp. Prior to COVID-19 and the devastation caused by the CZU Lightning Complex Fires, HARTS was successful in donating 15K to 17K per year for improvements. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our fundraising efforts were restricted to online fundraising. With restrictions lifting and vaccines available, we are looking forward to in-person events and volunteering to help rebuild Camp Krem.
HARTS Ladies in the 1960s
Standing (L to R): Myrna Owen, Nora Davidson, Mrs. George Enz, Theresa Hunt, Fran Samson, Maxine Vonnegut, Evelyn Nahm, Glenda Blair, Mrs. Harold Lind, Jeanne Serveau, Dottie Dodson
Seated (L to R): Cecile McClaren, Barbara Smith, Diane Martin, Lillian Paletta, Lorraine Rose, Beryl Kunzelman, Elsie Vassallo
Still faithful to the mission, after more than half a century.
Standing (L to R): Mary Brennan, Renee Bush, Barbara Doohan, Vickie Pilotti, Silvia Goble, Carol Dickson, Pat Payne, Diane Weaver, Linda Nissen, Cosette Cameron, JoAnn Cornelius Seated (L to R): Marilyn Porter, Nora Davidson, Christy Hamrick