The heavens had opened up and the rain was pouring – but that did not stop the hundreds of Seattleites from descending upon Herban Feast in the SODO neighborhood and attending this one-of-a-kind event to benefit children who are fighting cancer. Camp Agape NW meant something to each of them.
With a 17 piece orchestra playing nothing but the sounds of Sinatra, a silent and live auction, wine and chocolate tastings available throughout, and a delicious dinner for each of the patrons, it was an evening filled with different sights, sounds and tastes, all to benefit one worthy cause.
I was honored to be seated with the Failla and the Behrens families, both of whom have children who have bravely battled cancer. Collette and Erich Behrens spoke to the crowd about their daughter’s lifelong battle with leukemia and how Camp Agape NW has made them feel whole again. Their story was beautiful and touching, and there was not a dry eye in the house.
After Collette and Erich shared their journey, patrons were asked to raise their auction placards to donate money directly to Camp Agape NW. Beginning at $5,000 and ending at $25 – the placards went up as each amount was called. I was amazed to see how many people gave no second thought to donating to an organization that meant so much to them.
Camp Agape NW is a week-long camp (cost free) for children battling cancer and their families and is located near Gig Harbor, Wash. Camp Agape NW gives children with cancer a chance to feel normal, their siblings a chance to feel special and their parents time to be together. You can find out more about Camp Agape here.