“I came to camp as a quiet person with no friends but in two days I had lots of friends.”
“The best time I’ve ever had where you meet tons of great people.”
Those are just a couple of the comments made by youngsters who have attended Camp Anokijig, located in the gently rolling hills of southeastern Wisconsin.
One such camper in past years just happened to grow up to become the Corvette Racing crew chief, Dan Binks.
Binks was so influenced by his experiences at the Plymouth, Wisconsin camp that he convinced Corvette Racing to hold a charity auction at Road America for the past several years to raise money for Anokijig.
This past weekend, the latest auction by Corvette Racing raised more than $25,000 for the camp, increasing the total collected since the beginning to nearly $500,000.
“The outpouring of generosity from IMSA fans and everybody pulling together to help these kids is overwhelming,” said Binks, who serves as one of the camp’s board members. “There’s something here that touches a chord with people, and it’s amazing to see how much was raised in 45 minutes.”
The charity auction, held in the Corvette Corral at Road America, raffled off body panels, crew clothing, autographed memorabilia, and various race-used parts and accessories.
Anokijig’s mission is to provide youth and families with an outdoor setting and community that is based on respectful values and dedicated to the development of positive lifestyles while learning new skills, experiencing personal growth, having outrageous fun, and developing an appreciation for our natural environment.
As one parent of a camper put it: “I noticed a sense of confidence and independence that she did not have before … I can’t believe how much difference a week has made in her life.”