Camp Korey’s ‘Grow’ benefit raises $1.5 million

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Camp Korey 2The fifth annual "Grow," a celebration for Camp Korey, took place on Saturday, September 21, at Camp Korey at Carnation Farm. The event featured farm-to-table cuisine by Executive Chef Brian Scheehser of Trellis Restaurant at The Heathman Hotel in Kirkland.

Five hundred guests began the evening at Camp Korey with chef and vintner pairings including Shannon Galusha (Salish Lodge), Tana Miekle (Camp Korey), Ron Anderson (Dahlia Lounge), Ethan Stowell (Ethan Stowell Restaurants), Blain Hages (Cherry Valley Dairy), Hedges Family Estate, aMaurice, DeLille, Forgeron, O Wines and Willis Hall.

Linda Carey (event chair) and Tim Rose (founder and board president) welcomed attendees, followed by an overview of 2013 Camp Korey programs. A special Camper Stage Night followed with performances that included singing, tae kwon do and a music video and concluded with a moving speech from five-time camper Kortney, age 15. "Everyone that attends Camp Korey has faced significant challenges in their life," shared Kortney.  "But we all understand each other and what it’s like to be so different.  Camp has made me who I’ll become, but more importantly who I am today."

Guests raised their paddles (and bid on silent auction items) for a total more than 50 percent higher than last year’s event. "Grow" raised over $1,505,000 in support of camp programs and operations.

Thanks to its generous donors, dedicated volunteers and strong leadership, Camp Korey has continued to grow its programs and expand its reach.  In 2013 alone, Camp Korey has reached over 2,000 children with serious medical conditions and family members and Puget Sound Business Journal named Hillary Carey (executive director) one of the region’s top business leaders as a 40 Under Forty honoree.

"Grow" sponsors included Newman’s Own (Title), Earth Friendly Products (Platinum), Clorox and KeyBank (Gold), Coca-Cola, John L. Scott Foundation, Moneytree, GN ReSound, Seattle Children’s, Warehouse Demo Services and Wizards of the Coast (Silver). In-kind contributors included Coca-Cola, The Design Poole, Essential Baking Company, Hedges Family Estate, Illy, O Wines, Pacific Seafood, The Heathman Hotel and Trellis Restaurant.

Fall Festival at Camp Korey at Carnation Farm

• October 18, 19 & 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Free admission

• 28901 NE Carnation Farm Road

Carnation WA, 98014

Visitors to Fall Festival enjoy

family friendly activities including:

Hay rides


Farm animals

Kids’ activities

S’mores around the campfire

Puddle jumping (Bring your rubber boots)

Tours of historic Carnation Farm

Food Concession



Camp Korey serves children with serious medical conditions and their families, offering summer camps, family weekends, Camp to You (hospital outreach) and special events – always free of charge. Year-round recreation programs are provided and specially designed to support the medical needs of campers while letting them just be kids and have fun. Founded in 2005, Camp Korey is located at historic Carnation Farm  and serves children and families from the Northwest and beyond. Camp Korey is a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network, founded by Paul Newman in 1988. Visit

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