Posted by on May 10, 2016 in Blog | 3 comments


The Ways and Means Committee shall be composed of three or more Board members. The Ways and Means Committee shall be responsible for the Friends of Camp Christopher’s fundraising activities and shall coordinate its fundraising goals with the Finance Committee. (Bylaws, Article 5, Section 2.2)



Ah, a myriad of ways and means exist to raise money for a 501(c)3 organization like ours, and it is up to Ways and Means Chair, Chaz Gessner, to propose and initiate the most realistic and effective. His committee has introduced a number of fundraising projects already, and there are some promising proposals for new events on the

Ways & Means Chair Chaz Gessner has a cornucopia of ideas on fundraising for the FoCC!

horizon. Chaz has shown a great instinct in looking for venues that not only bring in needed dollars to our treasury, but bring our scattered membership closer together in the Christopher Spirit.


FRIENDS OF CAMP CHRISTOPHER TEE SHIRTS – In 2014 Chaz, working with his favorite project collaborator Dawn Heisler, created the familiar Friends logo inspired by the statue of Mary on Lake Marian’s far shore. As the organization began reproducing the image on letterheads and business cards, Chaz emblazoned it on cotton tee shirts.  Our first run has all but sold out, but Chaz & Dawn are hard at work preparing a second run that may even include a new design.  We will certainly let you know when the new line is available!


THE FOCC HOSPITALITY TABLE AT SUNDAY REGISTRATION — For the past two Camp seasons, by way of a gracious invitation from Catholic Charities, FoCC has been part of the weekend activities at Camp. First setting up on Saturday mornings during camper pickup and, by last summer, settling into being present at Sunday registrations, the FoCC has welcomed parents and families to stop by and learn about our organization.  For the summer of ’17, manning the table will be under the guidance of our Membership Committee’s volunteers and they plan to offer a cold drink of water to those parents enduring Camp’s registration process.   And, while enjoying this refreshing pause, our registration survivors will have the opportunity to sign up for FoCC membership and take part in purchasing tickets for our special programs like the Dinner/Reverse Raffle or our Adopt a Brick program.

2015 ChazG FoCC setup 1


THE ANNUAL DINNER/REVERSE RAFFLE – In September of 2014, Friends of Camp Christopher reinstated a tried and true fundraiser that Camp Christopher had used for many years. It was a social evening of fun and food with a reverse raffle at the center of the evening’s activities. Now in its fourth year, this fundraiser has become an annual part of Ways & Means planning.


THE ADOPT A BRICK PROGRAM — Throughout 2016, and up until February 28th of 2017, we raised money to fund what should prove to be the biggest FoCC “brick and mortar” project for Camp to date – the renovation of the flagpole area. We have funded this project by selling $75 and $100 paving stones which will be inscribed in tribute to members of our Camp family, past and present, and will suggest, with song lyrics, quotations, and other familiar references, the many aspects of the Christopher experience.  We hope that the project will be complete by the end of April so that we can join Camp in a flagpole dedication ceremony at the new site.



The Friends of Camp Christopher Car Show Extravaganza took place on August 27, 2016 from 12 to 4pm. The event was held at Camp and, with the Car Show Extravaganza as the centerpiece, it was an afternoon of fun (hikes and Camp activities, raffles and giveaways, fun food, etc.) for the whole family. This summer the event returns on Saturday, August 19th!


  1. Well done. These paragraphs captured the essence of this committee. Sign me up to volunteer to help with the Car Show in August.

    • Thanks, Patti. We welcome your participation.

  2. This committee does great work. They can always use a few volunteers and it is really rewarding to get involved.