The Youth are the Real Winners at our Auction!

Copper Cannon Camp’s annual auction is always a fun night for attendees from all over New England, but the impact from the event goes far beyond one night.

Thanks to hard work and generosity of everyone involved, more than 100 New Hampshire youth will have the opportunity to attend summer camp at no cost with the funds raised.

Our executive director, Peter Christnacht looks forward to our auction every year. “The outpouring of generosity from people, many whom have never been to Copper Cannon Camp, is unbelievable,” he said. “Their impact will make a huge difference in the lives of New Hampshire’s low-income youth.”

A team of volunteers, including a number of campers and staff, will work hard for months leading up to the event, which always results in a packed house donating and bidding on hundreds of items.

“Not only is the auction a wonderful fundraising event for Copper Cannon Camp, but it allows a number of volunteer campers and their families to give back for what camp has given them,” Christnacht said. “Some of these families drove from other parts of the state to participate.”

A silent auction spanning multiple rooms lasted from the time the doors opened until after dinner. Following that, a live auction of big-ticket items followed, featuring pieces such as trips, Cannon Mountain season passes, a washer and dryer and a big screen TV.

As always, one of the most magical moments of the night is when Christnacht offers auction-goers a chance to bid on the most important and rewarding live auction item of them all. Attendees are given the opportunity to sponsor a camper for a day or more. The donors hold up their bidder numbers with one hand and the number of days they wished to sponsor on their fingers on the other hand. Several bidders sponsored more days than they could hold up on one hand. The sponsor-a-camper opportunity lasted no more than a few minutes, but quickly raises enough money to change the lives of so many youth in New Hampshire.

Copper Cannon Camp remains the only completely free summer camp in the state, and has served more than 20,000 New Hampshire youth since its inception in 1963. The camp serves youth from throughout the state with a one or two week camp experience.

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