Quarterly Newsletter | Winter 2020
Upcoming Events
February 5, 2020
April 17-19, 2020
 May 1-3, 2020
August 14, 2020
Gearing up for a Year of Making a Difference in the Lives of Individuals with Special Needs
Donate Now
Every single donation makes a difference in helping change lives and empower people of all abilities at Camp Health, Hope & Happiness. The incredible work we do is only possible because of donors like you. With your support, individuals with physical and mental disabilities will be able to attend more than just summer camp; they will be empowered through activity with memories that last!
Enjoy a Relaxing Yoga Weekend and You Could Win a Trip for Two to Hawaii!
The 2020 Yoga & Wellness Retreat at Camp He Ho Ha will take place April 17-19, 2020 .

Enjoy peer connection, relaxing yoga, and sessions from incredible presenters and lululemon ambassadors Ryan Leier and Angela Zawada, along with other amazing instructors. Whether you are looking for fun, relaxation, rejuvenation, or connection, this weekend has EVERYTHING you hope to see in a wellness and yoga retreat. This weekend retreat is not only a relaxing and restorative weekend of wellness, it also raises valuable funds for individuals with special needs.

These are some comments from last year's attendees, "I've always wanted to do a yoga retreat and this was excellent.", "The yoga, food and connection were A+++!", "This weekend was everything I was hoping for and more. I feel blessed to have had this experience and can't wait for next year!!" 

Don't miss out, REGISTER TODAY!
The most amazing way to participate is to raise pledges. Did you know you can collect pledges to win prizes? 1 Entry to win a Trip for 2 to wanderlust in Hawaii 2021 for every $500 in pledges, Raise $750 in pledges and receive FREE event registration.
Do you want to Swing?
The 3rd Annual Swing Fore Camp Charity Golf Tournament taking place August 14, 2020 is already open for registrations!

Join us at Pineridge Golf Resort for 12 fabulous holes of Golf, a delicious buffet dinner, fun on the course games, prizes, and more. August 14 will be a terrific day for golf and making a difference for kids and adults with special needs.

Go onto our website now to register yourself , register your team , or become an event sponsor . A few golfers are already aiming to make a big difference with their participation in the event and have already brought in pledges for this year's tournament.
*NEW* changes to Sunny's Supporters to make Campers 'Camp Champions'
For several years we have run the "Sunny's Supporters" program where our campers and their families can become one of "Sunny's Supporters" by making a minimum donation of $5 through our pledge form, which includes one of these badges.
Sunny is our camp mascot, and being one of his supporters puts a badge on our Wall of Fame for a camper's week at camp.
For 2020 we have EXCITING CHANGES to this program! Campers can go into their communities and ask friends, caregivers, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc. for support for camp. All monies raised qualify the camper for fun prizes:
  • $5 -Badge displayed in Rec Hall with the Camper's Name
  • $50 -1 ballot to win a 2021 Free Week of Camp for EVERY $50 pledged
  • $100 -Free Camp notebook with pen (and 2 entries to win a 2021 Free Week of Camp)
  • $250 -Camp counselor for a Day. While at camp in 2020 the camper will get to be a camp counselor for a day and have a special name tag to take home. (and 5 entries to win a 2021 Free Week of Camp)
  • $500 -Camper receives a FREE $50 credit for Tuck. (and 10 entries to win a 2021 Free Week of Camp)
  • $1,000+ -FREE Exclusive Camp He Ho Ha Teddy Bear (and 20 entries to win a 2021 Free Week of Camp)
Join the 25th Annual Shoot for Cause Archery Shoot
The 25th annual Shoot for Cause Archery Competition Fundraiser will be held at Camp He Ho Ha from May 1-3, 2020 .

Join archers from across the province in either competitive or non-competitive categories for 3 days of outdoor 3D target archery on a challenging, yet fun course.

For 24 years the Shoot for Cause Archery Competition has run at Camp He Ho Ha and over that time it has grown to be one of our most successful fundraising events bringing in over $95,000 last year alone. You can be a part of this historical event and help raise funds for Camp.

REGISTER TODAY and raise pledges for a chance to win a 2020 Polaris Quad and other great prizes.
Oilers Community Foundation Gives Range to Camp Programs
Thank you to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for their generous support of Camp Programs by donating funds to purchase a new range for Arts and Crafts.

Campers use this new stove to cook and bake treats (puddings, Jello, cookies, muffins, etc.) with their counsellors for snack time, bake clay and other craft projects, and experience independence with kitchen appliances. The range is also avalible for use by camp counsellors and facility rentals groups.

Thank you Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation for your support of our campers and programs.
Pictured is our old Stove that is being replaced thanks to the gift from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation
Thank you Drayton Valley Elks Lodge
Thank you to the members of the  Elks Lodge of Drayton Valley for having us attend their meeting on January 21st, 2020. It was a wonderful opportunity to reconnect, speak about Camp's needs, and share stories of the difference we are making to our campers.

We are grateful for the ongoing support from the members of this group, and thank you for believing in us!
Pictured is Arnold Olson of the Drayton Valley Elks Lodge presenting a cheque for Camp to Greg Nielsen
Dining to Make a Difference
On November 9th Camp He Ho Ha hosted a wonderful group of 8 for a 5 course specialty curated dinner. The evening was donated by Chef Adam Fisher, Camp He Ho Ha, and Pineridge Golf Resort's Director of Golf Paul Croteau as a live auction prize at the 2019 Swing Fore Camp Charity Golf Tournament. Winning bidders Sean Maguire and Bob an d Jane Laprairie along wit h guests enjoyed a specialty selected 5 course menu with wine pairings, music, and a limo ride to and from Camp. A wonderful evening was had by all attendees and this evening raised $2,000 for summer camp.
Fuel Tanks and Camp's Thanks
A 2018 safety review of our on site fuel tanks revealed that both our tanks were becoming a liability and safety hazard. The tanks were over 20 years old and in need of an upgrade. Camp approached Tanks Direct for a quote to replace the tanks and was surprised to hear back that the company was interested in donating new tanks as a gift in kind.

This generosity is one of the traits we are so grateful for in our service partners.Thank you Tanks Direct for your support of Camp He Ho Ha and our programs!

Today the tanks safely hold all the fuel for camp's various small maintenance equipment, mowers, barge, golf cart, gator, etc.
New safe fuel storage tanks donated by Tanks Direct
Northern Bluegrass Circle practicing at Camp He Ho Ha
Singing the Bluegrass
The Group from the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society once again held their annual fall retreat at Camp He Ho Ha in October. Over 100 musicians and singers filled the halls and rooms of Camp with beautiful folksinging.

Login to Facebook and check out this short clip of their group singing "You are my Sunshine" at their event this Fall. Thanks for choosing us as the facility to host your annual fall retreat.
Stollery Keeps Camp Trucking
Our old dump truck was in need of replacing as it had become unsafe on the roads. The Stollery Charitable foundation recognized our need and came though with funding for a new Dump Truck. This update to our equipment is an investment in the long term needs of Camp; ensuring our organization has the tools for success now and for many years to come.

Thanks to the Stollery Charitable Foundation for their generous grant funding of $47,400 towards a new Dump Truck at Camp He Ho Ha.
One of Camp's current Cube Vans
(New one to be delivered in Spring 2020)
New Cube Van for Camp
Thank you to our generous donors Kiwanis Downtown Edmonton and ACT/UCT #1016 Edmonton for your generous contributions that allowed us to purchase a new cube van.

Our Cube vans are used
  • to transport campers sleeping bags, campfire supplies, and other materials for camp out and out-tripping nights;
  • to transport camper luggage to and from each summer camp session;
  • by our maintenance team for city trips
  • and more.
This investment helps keep Camp's vehicle fleet up to date, safe, and road worthy. Thank you Kiwanis Downtown Edmonton and ACT/UCT #1016 !
Thank you 2019 Donors
It will come as no surprise that Camp He Ho Ha is dependent on the generous financial support of the Alberta community to operate our summer programs for individuals with special needs. Thank you to everyone who donated in 2019 in support of the work we do for individuals with special needs.

Our donors contributed many ways this year, monthly donations, memorial gifts, planned giving, pledges for events, general donations, membership fees, grants, sponsorship, and more.