Camp Fire’s Just Plane Fun Benefits Tulsa-Area Youth

BIG PULL: Teams pull a 100,000-pound. jet to benefit area youth.

Camp Fire Green Country is fueling up for its 14th annual fundraising event, Just Plane Fun, where 20-person teams compete in a tug-of-war with a 100,000-pound plane. Each team strives to pull the plane in the fastest time, with winners in each division, as well as overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.

For the first time ever, the public will be able to pull the plane on the day of the event. A $50 donation will allow anyone16 and older to participate in the only plane-pull in the country, all while helping a local nonprofit. Another new addition to the event includes a hot air balloon. “The committee and I are thrilled to add new, exciting elements to our one-of-a-kind event. We’re expecting a record-breaking crowd and a record-breaking fundraiser,” says Amanda Murphy, community relations director.

The Family Fun Festival to be held inside the hangar will include a rock climbing wall, inflatables, carnival games, face painting, crafts, food vendors, and concessions. The event’s large silent auction will have more than 100 items, including weekend getaways, electronics, spa packages, wine, jewelry and tickets to local events.

Just Plane Fun takes place Saturday, June 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tulsa Technology Center’s Riverside Campus, 801 E. 91st St. in Tulsa. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Activities are reasonably priced, ranging from 25¢ to $1 each, or unlimited activity wristbands are available for $10. Each year, approximately 2,000 people attend.

As Camp Fire’s largest annual fundraiser, Just Plane Fun directly impacts their ability to continue to serve more than 3,000 local boys and girls at more than 22 different school sites. “For most of the youth we serve, Camp Fire is their only extracurricular opportunity because we provide our programs at little or no cost to families,” Murphy says. “We are incredibly thankful to the community for supporting this event and the work we do year round for these deserving youth.”

Sponsors to Date
George Kaiser Family Foundation, HA & Mary Kay Chapman Charitable Trust, Arvest Bank, Nasco, Gay and Lesbian Fund for Tulsa, Bank of Oklahoma, Case & Associates, Nordam, National Association of Women in Construction, Williams, SemGroup, Dennis M. Jones Insurance Agency, and Energy.

Camp Fire Green Country
Camp Fire believes all children deserve the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice and discover who they are. Camp Fire Green Country is a nonprofit organization and partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. Each year, more than 3,000 youth in NE Oklahoma are served — boys and girls, from Pre-K to 12th grade. 95 percent of the youth purposefully served are in schools and neighborhoods where families struggle with challenges associated with poverty. Nationally, Camp Fire is one of the country’s leading youth-development organizations and directly impacts approximately one million youth and families each year.

For more information, contact Amanda Murphy, Community Relations Director, at 918-592-2267. See Tulsa OK 74119

Updated 04-21-2013

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