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July 19, 2024

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Make the Magic for Camp Kesem

Enjoy a festive night out while helping kids enjoy a special summer camp experience.

It's a tough time for children when they have a parent dealing with cancer. You can help local kids enjoy a free week of summer camp by supporting the Fifth Annual Make the Magic on Saturday, March 23 at Studio 615 (272 Broadmoor Drive, Nashville). It's a fundraiser for Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt.


Camp Kesem is a nationwide community driven by college student leaders supporting children through and beyond their parent's cancer. Kesem runs more than 100 weeks of fun, action-packed summer camps in a nurturing environment with other kids with similar life experiences.

For ages 6 – 18, the camp serves kids who: have lost a parent to cancer; have a parent undergoing cancer treatment; have a cancer-surviving parent.

Daily activiites include ropes courses, sports, arts and crafts, water activities, nature adventures and more. The camps are staffed by highly trained college students who undergo a careful screening and interview process along with extensive training prior to camp. Many of the college leaders have also had a parent with cancer.

Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt takes place July 21 – 27 at Camp Sumatanga in Gallant, Alabama. Find camper registration info here.


The fundraiser takes place from 6 – 9 p.m., and attire is dressy casual. The evening includes an open bar, seated dinner, live musical entertainment, givewaways and testimonials from camper families.

Tickets are $70 and available HERE until midnight on Thursday, March 7. Use code MAGIC to get a $10 disount on your ticket.

For more info, call 260-225-3736 or e-mail


Featured photo: Campers and counselors of Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt's 2017 summer program.

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