2016 Camp Rainbow Gold Annual Report

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2016 annual report

a letter from camp Camp Rainbow Gold Friends, This year has been filled with a lot of laughter, love and hard work from so many to bring Camp Rainbow Gold to where we are today. Even more important is the hope that the future brings to so many. Camp Rainbow Gold supported more than 300 Idaho children that have been diagnosed with cancer and their families utilizing 400 volunteers that donated more than 25,000 hours to host 5 camps, 8 teen support groups and award $75,000 in college scholarships. We were chosen as the recipient of FUNDSY for their 2016 gala that resulted in a donation of $240,000. The majority of these funds were utilized to purchase the mobile pediatric clinic that we kindly refer to as the “Med Shack.” This trailer allowed us to address some of the challenges we face each summer in providing care to the campers and more importantly allowed us to invite some of the more medically fragile children up to camp. The remainder of the funds has been set aside as a donation towards building our forever home.

We personally know why this state is recognized as one of the most giving. We had the opportunity to host our first ever Treasure Valley Gala – “SHINE” and it was an event that people are still talking about. The hard work of our volunteers and community supporters paid off and it was a beautiful evening that included performances from Cirque du Soleil and the live band The Strike. When Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much,” she captured the heart of Camp Rainbow Gold’s supporters and volunteers. It is because of you that we have been able to expand our programs and continue to dream big. Sincerely,

Elizabeth Lizberg Executive Director

Jeremy Chou Board President

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A Year in Review Family Camp

30 FAMILIES (144 family members)

Teen Camp


Youth Camp


Sibling Camp


Support Groups

123 TEENS attended 8 different Survivor Supporting Survivor events


volunteers donated more than 25,000 hours to support CRG

$240,000 in-kind donations $75,000

awarded in college scholarships

this is what it’s all about by Cody Stoeger By the age of 6, my tiny little body had been through the wringer. At two and a half I was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Histeo Cytosis X, an aggressive cancer that even my oncologist didn’t know much about. I went through some intense chemo and a handful of surgeries, none of which seemed to do the trick. This disease had taken its toll on my little body and as it came time for my family to say their goodbyes, my mother held me for what she thought would be the last time. A miracle — I made it through the night they said I never would. Regardless of who you pray to or what you believe, something, somewhere saved me that night and I’ve spent my whole life trying to figure out why? What is my purpose? So, fast forward twenty some years. As I look into the eyes of my four amazing children and their beautiful mother, the love of my life, Caitlin — I see my purpose. And right now, as I write this — I know my purpose. To tell you how Camp Rainbow Gold has impacted my life and how your generosity over the years has made its growth possible. My mother had no idea that when she put me on that bus for the first time 23 years ago, it would change my life forever. I was a camper for many years, then a junior counselor and counselor, and eventually into a leadership role. Camp nurtured my strengths and shaped me into the man I am today. There are a number of things that I carry inside of me every single day that I owe to camp. Here are just a few: Stand Tall: Growing up with cancer or as a survivor, it’s easy for everyone to see that you’re different and most times you’ve got the scars to prove it.

At camp we don’t hide scars, we celebrate them. I’m not just talking about the visible ones, but also the scars that no one sees. Believe: At camp I have witnessed miracles with my own eyes. They say you’ll never walk again. At camp we say “Watch me.” They say your cancer will continue to hold you back. At camp we say “NOTHING can hold you back. Everything happens because we BELIEVE it can happen.”

me through the darkness that is survivorship. And as I look forward, let me tell you my future looks bright!

Be yourself: We explore individuality and what it means to truly be your best self. I had cancer but that does not define me. Camp gives you the opportunity to break the mold and truly understand that you are NOT your disease. Love unconditionally: There is no home for stereotypes at camp. There is only love. Year after year I knew that no matter where I was at in life, I would be loved. Come as you are, you will be loved. I have carried that with me my entire life.

So here you are supporting Camp Rainbow Gold. And here I am, as a product of your generosity, to tell you exactly what you are funding year after year. You aren’t just funding one week of camp anymore. You are funding a year round program that is now offered to an entire family. You are bringing together families that would never have that opportunity otherwise. You are funding lifelong friendships and a support system that is priceless. You aren’t just funding a college scholarship program, you are funding an opportunity. An opportunity that for many of us was taken away with the financial burden of treating our disease. You that are funding educations.

“My mother had no idea when she put me on that bus for the first time 23 years ago, it would change my life forever.” These lessons have carried me through some very hard times in my life. When I was only six years old and my mother put me on that bus for the very first time, I was scared, scarred and full of doubt. When I came back something was different. I didn’t know it yet but in the deepest part of my soul, Camp Rainbow Gold had lit an inextinguishable flame. The light from this flame has guided

You are funding friendships. You are funding hope. You are funding that flame. So from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. While Camp may have lit my flame for 33 years, you have been our book of matches, quietly and selflessly lighting flames and watching the fire grow. And because of you, we will continue to light these little flames where ever we are because in the end, we can’t wait to burn this disease to the ground.

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Financials Balance sheet as of September 30, 2016

Profit & Loss (October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2016)

Assets Total Current Assets


Total Fixed Assets


Total Other Assets


Total Assets





Net Ordinary Income


$2,845,806 *Revenue includes onetime donation received from FUNDSY and revenue from our onetime event SHINE.

Liabilities & Equity Total Liabilities


Total Equity


Total Liabilities & Equity


the crg team Board of Directors


Jeremy Chou

Jason Couvillion

Brian Goltry, MD

Elizabeth Lizberg

Amber Vickers, PNP




Executive Director

Medical Coordinator

Elizabeth Lizberg

Rob Cronin

David McClusky, III, MD

Christl Holzl

Amanda McGinnis

Executive Director



Development Director

Office Manager

Al Stevenson

Brent Eaton

Doris Tunney, MD

Ashley Hook

Amy Congleton

Vice President



Development Associate

Office Assistant

Brian Yeargain

Doug Fowler

Tim Tyree

Tracy Bryan




Program Director

Amanda Watson

Linda Gasser, NP

Jason Hosick



Program Manager

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