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…..
Sat Oct 7th 5pm – 9pm Tickets and Info
A special Gala in a private vineyard in Moraga
at the beautiful home of long time campers
An amazing elegant dinner by California Rose Catering of Berkeley,
served family style all by former staff,
with live music by Tamsen Donner Band, fine wine,
and the house cocktail (The Tuolumne Ranger!)
A celebration of the work we’ve accomplished
together and the rebirthing of Camp Tuolumne!
Night time at Camp – photo by Zac Rymland
This amazing photo will be available in the auction!
To give you just a taste:
Dinner includes appetizers like Sashima Ahi Tuna and Full Belly Farm Corncakes, dinner includes both Red Wine Braised Beef Short Ribs (Rib NIght!) and Pan Seared Wild Salmon with shitake mushrooms and green onion Miso marinade – along with Red Egyptian Quinos with toasted pumpkin seeds, a summer freshly picked salad and sauteed Brussel Sprouts and Wild Yellowfoot Mushrooms
in a lemon/shallot/olive oil/parsley sauce
An epic feast – FAMILY STYLE – along with all the fine wine you desire, and for dessert – 2 remarkable ‘donated by camper’ treats – professional cake maker Jessica Ahlstrand’s delicious cake and Lisa Kirkby’s homemade Smore’ Cupcakes!!!
Camp Traditions Continue!
Join the Friends Weekend at beautiful
Echo Lake Camp!
Friday Sept 1st – 4th
Grab your book and have a seat in the Green Chairs Circle!
Extend your summertime with a fun-filled
weekend in the mountains!
Reservations are now available!
* Classics: Campfires Bingo Tournaments Swimming Boating Archery
* Arts & Crafts – Lanyards, Friendship Bracelets, Nature Art
* Happy Hour Wine Tasting and Appetizers with a VIEW!
* Sat night special dinner!
* Desolation Wilderness Hiking
* Special Day hike for families to see the magnificent falls
* Echo Lake Boat Tour with the Chalet Staff
A 40 yr tradition brought back: A Saturday Night Happy Hour Silent Auction! Fine wine, vacation packages, get-a-ways, Tilden Park Golf, Great Books, Pet Services, Feng Shui Consultation, and more!
The 4th annual Camp Tuolumne Night at the Freight & Salvage was a huge hit! Almost 200 people came to support camp, meet The Mayor of Berkeley Jesse Arreguin, hear about the plans for camp, and sing our songs and celebrate the rebirth of Camp!
Thanks to everyone who came out to the Freight on Monday – it was awesome. The Camp Spirit was flowing and The Mayor of Berkeley was inspired by our stories, and thrilled for our contribution towards the rebuilding of camp. FOBTC donated $50,000 towards the rebuilding fund on the heels of the unanimous passing of the April 4th City Council vote.
Thank you all for your contributions towards our camp. For those who couldn’t make it on Monday, check out the video we made as we move from the grieving cycle to the next phase of this journey, dreaming of a rebuilt camp and returning. The rebirth of camp, and the hard work ahead, begins now.
Announcements, announcements, announcements!
“There’s No Place Like Camp Tuolumne”
Tonight, The Berkeley City Council voted to approve the funds needed from the city’s catastrophic fund to continue down the path to rebuild Camp Tuolumne!
Thank you to everyone who wrote letters, called their council person, and especially came out tonight! It made all the difference!
We’ll have a lot more information for you in a week or so from the City staff regarding the timeline and expectations.
In great appreciation for your camp spirit,
Scotty and the Board of FOBTC
Since the Rim Fire in 2013, many campers and The Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp, along with City of Berkeley staff, have been working tirelessly to rebuild camp.
We are now at the crossroads of this effort!
We have just been informed that on Tues April 4th 5:30pm, at a special worksession on Camp Tuolumne, the City Council will be making a critical decision to set aside City funds in the FY 18-19 budget to help pay for the next phase – the design and reconstruction of camp.
A YES vote means we stay on track, with design and reviews in 2018, construction starting in 2019 and finishing in 2020, and Camp could be open as early as summer 2021.
A NO vote means the project gets delayed, the City prioritizes other needs and we come back to appeal for funds in a year and camp is further away from reality.
The city is negotiating with insurers, FEMA and the state of California for funds that will pay over 90 percent of the estimated $60 million cost to rebuild camp. The federal government requires the city to pay a small share of the total cost; this share is estimated to be about $3 – $5 million.
To get the camp rebuilding process going in 2018 – 2019, the city needs to invest for design and some initial construction. If the city makes this investment, then we are well on our way to having camp reopen by 2021!
What You Can DO!
Here are the three CRITICAL things we need you to do in the next two weeks:
1. Activate All Campers! Ask all Campers you know to get on the FOBTC Distribution List. We need to gather as many campers in our database, so we can activate our community when needed.
2. Write and/or Call Your Council Member: Find contact info for your council member HERE: Tell them how much camp means to you and how important and imperative it is to you that camp be rebuilt ASAP. The more council members hear from their constituents, the more they’ll feel compelled to support camp! They MUST feel how much support there is for Camp. If you live outside Berkeley, please send an email to the entire City Council at email@example.com.
3. April 4th 5:30pm Attend the City Council Meeting!
We must show up at this meeting! This is IT! The critical moment for camp. Please bring as many friends and family as you can to this event. It is imperative that we pack the house, to demonstrate our passion and commitment to the new Council.
This is our opportunity to stay on track and take one critical step closer to being back by the river…with a gorgeous new camp!
Please let them hear from you before April 4th
and we’ll see you at the City Council Meeting!
In Camp Spirit and Appreciation,
Scotty and the Board of FOBTC