For the first time in its history, FOBTC created “An Evening Under the Tuolumne Stars”, a Gala dinner and auction to celebrate the success of the past 4 years and the rebirthing of camp.
It was a magical evening, as the tickets all sold out, every auction item was bid on, campers were thrilled to come together, former staff were stoked to volunteer to serve dinner, and the Camp Spirit was strong and flowing, equally as much as the wine and house cocktail, ‘The Tuolumne Ranger’! California Rose Catering in Berkeley created an abundant feast, served family-style, and dinner began as always with the third bell and staff singing to “check the seating chart”!
Dinner and dessert (thanks to Lisa Kirkby (smore cupcakes!) and Jessica Ahlstrand (check out that camp cake!) were incredible. We sang to the caterers and they came out of the kitchen to run around! It was awesome!
Then our gracious hosts were presented with our ‘2017 FOBTC Friend of the Year’ Award for going above and beyond as amazing volunteers to help the organization and the rebuilding of camp.
Bill and Christie Booth receiving applause and appreciation from all the campers.
We were treated with live music from the Tuolumne House Band – the Tamsen Donner Blues Band – who have hosted Tuolumne Blues weekend for decades at camp. Old friends and family members had a reunion, and celebrated the next phase of this journey we are all on, the rebirthing phase of rebuilding camp!
Former staff and families reunite
After a hilarious live auction featuring vacation homes and the comedy of Jim Whitty, we all gathered in the green chair circle and with an open fire, and under the starry night, sang the closing song.. a great night!
You dream of me, and I’ll dream of you…..