MOMS Club presents $8,658 check to camp for kids affected by cancer

Check presented with members of MOMs Club of Iron County, Pink Tea Committee, and representatives from Camp Kesem, Cedar City, Utah, June 2015 | Photo by Courtney Graves, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — The MOMS Club of Iron County presented a check in the amount of $8,658 to Southern Utah University’s chapter of Camp Kesem, a special week-long summer camp for kids whose family member is fighting cancer.

The funds were raised by the club in March at the popular “Pink Tea of Southern Utah” event at Southern Utah University’s Sharwan Smith Center Ballroom.

“We are so thrilled with how the Pink Tea event turned out this year and are extremely grateful for all the donations, auction items and the many hours donated by the community and especially by the Pink Tea Committee and MOMS Club members,” Courtney Graves, president of the MOMS Club, said. “Camp Kesem is a wonderful organization, and SUU and Cedar City are lucky to be involved with it.

Graves said it is an honor to be able to present the camp with the check, and that the club looks forward to continuing to serve the community through the Pink Tea event next year.

Attendees of Camp Kesem SUU Chapter, Cedar City, Utah, 2014 | Photo by Courtney Graves, St. George News
Attendees of Camp Kesem SUU Chapter, Cedar City, Utah, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Courtney Graves, St. George News

The Pink Tea of Southern Utah is an event where attendees wear dressy hats and are served tea and finger foods by SUU football players dressed up in white shirts and ties. The event featured entertainment and a live and silent auction.

Camp Kesem accepted the check, thankful to send children whose families have been touched by cancer to summer camp.

“As the faculty adviser for Camp Kesem, I want to say a huge thank you to the MOMS Club of Iron County for this donation,” Daphne Solomon, assistant professor of nursing at SUU, said. “Camp Kesem is so important for these children. It’s a national organization with local chapters that provide a summer camp at places like Cedar Mountain and Camp Wapiti in Tooele, with trained instructors to be a support and help to children who have a loved one battling cancer. It’s just a wonderful way for a child to get to have fun, be a child and bond with other children who are going through the same thing and a way for those children to feel supported and loved.”

The camp is free to children in need and relies on the support of donations to make it possible.

“It’s very fulfilling to see the hard work and generosity of our community, coming together to help support such a terrific and needed resource like Camp Kesem,” Cyndi Wallace, nurse administrator at Valley View Medical Center and the chair of the Pink Tea Committee, said.

The MOMS Club is a local nonprofit support group for at-home mothers who seek to help strengthen families and communities.

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