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FUELIowa Raises $30K for Camp Courageous


This week, FUELIowa donated $30,000 to Camp Courageous, adding to the $2 million it has raised since partnering with the camp in 1981. FUELIowa raises money each year to help the camp carry out its mission. This most recent donation came from FUELIowa’s 24th annual golf outing on June 10 to benefit the camp.

“FUELIowa is one of our largest benefactors,” says Charlie Becker, CEO of Camp Courageous. “The funds provided by FUELIowa make it possible for nearly 9000 campers to attend this year.”

FUELIowa’s support of the camp began in 1981, with the annual golf benefit starting in 1996.  “Our members are passionate about the mission of Camp Courageous,” explained Dawn Carlson, CEO and President of FUELIowa. “The joy and confidence this camp instills in individuals with special needs is heartwarming, and the break it provides to their caregivers is essential.”

The Camp empowers individuals with special needs to have courage and look beyond their current capabilities to explore their world with confidence. There are over 45 fun, yet challenging activities such as ziplining, bottle feeding animals, dancing or a “wild edible hike” in the woods. 

While the campers see the fun in the camp, what they don’t necessarily notice is the cost of operating the facility, whether that’s fixing wheelchairs or upgrading the wastewater treatment facility.

“Fuel marketers understand the high cost of infrastructure and operations in an organization,” said Jason McDermott, McDermott Oil and chair of the FUELIowa board. “While it is the cost of doing business, it can be difficult even for a for profit company to afford. A non-profit like Camp Courageous is even more challenged. We are proud to help alleviate some of this cost for them.”

This year, FUELIowa’s donations will help the camp upgrade its HVAC system and transition to solar power. 

“We are grateful every year for FUELIowa’s support,” said Becker. “We even commemorate the event by offering a die cast collectors car to give to donors.” This year’s car is a vibrant blue 1967 Chevy Camaro SS.

The other annual fundraising event for the camp sponsored by FUELIowa is Cent-A-Gallon day.  Participating locations across the state donate 1 cent of every gallon of fuel sold on the day before Thanksgiving to the camp.

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FUELIowa represents a diverse membership of fuel distributors, cooperatives, convenience and grocery stores, refiners, biofuel producers and other industry firms.  Founded in 1937, the association advocates for innovative and quality fuel options, consumer and environmental protection and fairness in the marketplace.  www.fueliowa.com


Camp Courageous is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides year-round recreational and respite care opportunities for individuals with special needs. Camp Courageous offers a variety of services including week-long camp sessions, respite care weekends, winter camper care, family camp sessions, outdoor education sessions, and Courageous Travels. On an annual basis, Camp Courageous serves thousands of individuals with special needs ranging in age from 1 to 105.  www.campcourageous.org



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