31st Annual 'Cruisin' for Camp Courageous'

posted by WMT News / KCRG-TV9 -

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (KCRG-TV9)-- The 31st annual Cruisin’ for Camp Courageous car show took place at Camp Courageous Sunday morning. The camp located in Monticello provides respite and recreational care for people with specials needs.

More than 300 cars were on display at the show. The event usually raises around $40,000 per year, and since the camp runs off of donations. That money goes a long way.

Administrative Assistant for Camp Courageous Becky Melchert explains, "If a camper comes, and can't afford a camper fee, there’s such a thing as “campership,” so some of this may help support some of the campers that are coming here. It might help support just the general fund, just operating expenses."

Cars aren't the only thing on display. Workers also showcase the services that the camp provides.

Melchert says. "Camp Courageous would not be possible without the people who come to support events such as this. It's a labor of love for anybody who feels there is a need for individuals with special needs to come, and just for a short period of time just be like everybody else. Camp Courageous, that message that we are more alike than we are different resonates with people, and they want to share their time, their talents and just be supportive of events just as this."

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