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MAY 26 - 28, 2023


MAKE A DIFFERENCE in Chicago this weekend and win art, July 5 Grateful Dead tickets, Summer Camp VIPs and more!

We can NOT WAIT to head to Chicago this weekend to participate in all of the fanfare surrounding The Grateful Dead’s ‘Fare Thee Well’ shows at Soldier Field! Between the musical performances by the Dead, the pre and post-show parties around town, the lot scene and more, it’s sure to be one of the most incredible experiences in recent memory. We’re so excited to have it all happening right here in our home state of Illinois.

We know many of you SCampers will be gathering to celebrate, re-unite, and enjoy these last Dead performances together, and because we know you all value the opportunity to have a positive impact, we’re partnering with PhanArt to host a massive 3-Day MAKE A DIFFERENCE Drive with moe., ReverbSoul, Sunshine Daydream Chicago and others!


To participate, simply bring a donation of art supplies or cash (suggested minimum of $10) to this weekend’s PhanArt Presents “In All Good Company” exhibit of Grateful Dead Art and Artists at the Congress Plaza Hotel on Michigan Avenue!

Our Summer Camp Ambassadors will be there each day, Friday through Sunday (July 3, 4 & 5) from noon to 6 PM, and we’ll be collecting supplies in support of Chicago area non-profit Creative Pitch as well as cash donations for The Mockingbird Foundation.

Every donation to our drive will earn you an entry in to our daily drawings, and there will be many unique and one-of-a-kind incentives up for grabs thanks to the generosity of the PhanArt show’s artists and vendors – we suggest you RSVP to the Facebook event to get updates about the prize pool each day.

MoeHornsbyFractographyByJayMiller Additionally, donating to either cause will earn you the chance to win an incredible large format custom-designed Summer Camp 2015 Fractography canvas print by ReverbSoul that features moe. performing on the Moonshine Stage with Bruce Hornsby over Memorial Day Weekend… or even a ticket to the final Grateful Dead ‘Fare Thee Well’ show at Soldier Field on July 5 (thanks to our friends at Sunshine Daydream Chicago) in our Grand Prize Drawing, held Sunday afternoon after we’ve collected as many cash donations and art supplies as possible!

The art supplies we’ll be collecting for Creative Pitch include…

  • Crayons, pens, pencils and working markers
  • Full sheets of blank paper
  • Frames, canvas and stretchers
  • Paints and brushes
  • Fabric (large pieces only)
  • Foam core board (full sheets only)
  • Rulers
  • Glue and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Clay
  • Used but working digital cameras
  • Miscellaneous items such as buttons, beads, feathers, sequins, yarn, collage and sculpture materials.

The PhanArt show is free of charge, close to Soldier Field, and absolutely worth spending some time at this weekend… so stop by DAILY and donate to increase your chances, and use the “Share” buttons below to remind your friends that this is THEIR chance to get involved as well!

Over the years you SCampers have impressed us time and time again with your commitment to helping us MAKE A DIFFERENCE, and we think this weekend’s drive could be our biggest ever. Thanks as always for your generosity towards our MAKE A DIFFERENCE Partners, SCampers, and we’ll see you in Chicago!