TIMEWELL, Ill. -- Jensen Camp Foundation wants to celebrate a successful first year of operation at Jensen Woods Camp with a gathering in Mount Sterling.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the Aug. 9 event featuring a meal at Hagel 1891 and a concert by Christian band "Rivers of Life," composed of United Methodist clergy.
"We will have owned the camp a year in August, and we ended our first camping season for camps sponsored by Jensen Camp Foundation. We're kind of celebrating those two events," foundation board member Sidney Crowcroft said. "We'll offer people a wonderful dinner and a concert. We're also having a number of baskets for silent auction, so people can bid on those."
The menu features a roasted prime rib sandwich, house salad, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans with toasted almonds, dessert, coffee, tea and water.
Proceeds will support the foundation and its work to keep the camp a vital part of the Christian community for the next 100 years.
"God has definitely been at work in our mission. It's been good," Crowcroft said. "We've had a significant number of donors who donated large and small amounts of money. We're just very grateful to them. This is another way in which people can support Jensen Woods and the camping there."
A love of the camp, and what it means to the community, spurred the foundation to raise $500,000 in a capital campaign in the first phase of a $1.9 million effort to buy, operate and endow the camp near Timewell for the next 100 years.
The campaign's success -- fueled by a variety of fundraisers and supporters in 40 Illinois counties, from 38 churches and from across the United States -- answered any doubts about the future of the 550-acre camp known for its treehouses and horse trails.
The foundation closed on the sale in August, with RV sites open for camping and facilities available for rent starting last September. The foundation's first camp took place in June.
"More and more people are calling and wanting to have events at Jensen Woods. It's going to be much more than the six to eight weeks of summer camping the foundation supports. For many months, starting in March or April and into October and November, people will use the facility a lot more for retreats, celebrations, camping," Crowcroft said. "What we hoped would happen is beginning to happen. People are using it for a lot of other events."
Tickets for the Aug. 9 Jensen Camp Foundation celebration in Mount Sterling are $30 per person and must be bought before Thursday, Aug. 1. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee on Broadway in Quincy, Farmers State Bank in Camp Point and by calling 217-228-7353.