(Feb. 28, 2020) The ninth annual Camp Possibilities Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for children with Type 1 Diabetes will take place at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church on 103rd Street in Ocean City, on Saturday, March 21, and tickets are expected to sell out quickly.
The money raised from the event will help families with diabetic children go to Camp Possibilities, an event designed for children with diabetes between the ages of 8 and 17 who, due to the complexity of diabetes management, often do not get the chance to go to a summer camp or go on overnight trips.
Katie Rimel, who organizes the event, has a son who used to participate in the camp and now works for Camp Possibilities.
“It’s really important to raise money … because the cost of diabetes, even with good insurance, can be astronomical,” Rimel said. “A summer camp can be expensive, but when you add a medical summer camp and all the extra liability issues, medical staff and things like that, the cost is really expensive.”
Originally, when Rimel started the dinner, the cost to attend the camp was $1,600 per child. With grants and other donations, that cost has since been lowered to around $775.
“That’s still a lot of money for one week of camp,” Rimel said. “We did the first spaghetti dinner and that year we raised enough money for three kids to go to camp, my son being one of them.”
The first dinner nine years ago raised just over $3,000. Since the spaghetti dinner’s inception, the fundraiser has collected over $80,000 to help pay for camp admission.
Pasta, bread, salad and desserts, as well as gluten free options, will be offered during the dinner. Carryout will be available as well. Most of the food and drinks are donated by local restaurants, which Rimel is extremely grateful for.
In addition, there will be over 50 auction items ranging from hotel stays to golf, spa and sport packages, camping trips, paintings by local artists, a trip to St. Michaels and gift certificates for restaurants and hotels. Rimel will continue to accept donations until Sunday, March 1.
“It’s very much a community event and we couldn’t do it without the community’s participation,” Rimel said. “Ocean City, Berlin and the surrounding communities have poured their hearts out for this group to sell out every year … we’re just so appreciative of the community that we live in.”
Tickets for the event cost $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
Established in 2002, Camp Possibilities provides activities at Camp Ramblewood, in Darlington, Maryland, on 200 acres of private property. The organization holds dedicated diabetes education sessions at camp; however, these are intended only in the spirit of providing support, information and encouragement to campers.
For more information about the event, to donate items, or to purchase a ticket, call Rimel at 410-251-4793.