Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Spare some time

Share Your Heart Ball benefits camp for kids with cancer

Express Staff Writer

    Among children under 15, cancer is the second leading cause of death after accidents and the leading cause of death by disease.
    Statistics like those drive the supporters of Camp Rainbow Gold. Thanks to people like Rob and Kris Cronin, children facing those daunting circumstances have a wonderful refuge each summer at the camp north of Ketchum.
    The Share Your Heart Ball, which raised more than $500,000 in 2011, is the lynchpin fundraiser for Camp Rainbow Gold, a year-round program for Idaho children diagnosed with cancer and their families.
    All Camp Rainbow Gold programs, including its medically supervised summer camps held in the Wood River Valley, are free of charge to the families.
    Now shepherding the cause are longtime Hailey residents Al and Stephanie McCord, co-chairs for the event, which will take place Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Sun Valley Inn.
    The theme for this year’s event—“Heroes”—celebrates the children, their families and the volunteers and donors who have kept Camp Rainbow Gold part of thousands of children’s lives for more than 25 years. The annual event attracts residents from all over Idaho and features an elegant sit-down dinner, cocktails, luxury silent and live auction items and dancing to live music from the cheeky, disco-inspired California-based band Grooveline.
    “Cancer can be emotionally and financially devastating,” said Al McCord, who owns and operates Big City Billiards and is a cancer survivor who has been an activate participant in Share Your Heart for several years. “Camp Rainbow Gold’s summer camps and its other programs offered throughout the year give these kids a much-needed source of happiness, stress relief and togetherness without the parents’ having to worry about how they can afford it. They have enough to worry about.”
    The McCords fill the seats of founders Rob and Kris Cronin, now honorary chairs of the annual event that draws more than 400 attendees each year.
     “We feel the children of Camp Rainbow Gold deserve our time and attention, and it’s our honor that we dedicate that to them,” said Stephanie McCord, who owns and operates Little Utopia Floral Design.
    For more information and to participate in this event, visit To learn more about Camp Rainbow Gold, visit


Be the belle of the ball
When: Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6 p.m.
Where: Sun Valley Resort, Sun Valley Inn.
Tickets: Vary, visit online for information.


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