Maryville community holds event to support camp for children with cancer | News

The annual “REST Under the Stars” event brought the community together to support children with cancer, September 24 and 25.

This two-day event took place in the Nodaway County Community Fair Building and hosted Maryville vendors, live music, food trucks, raffles, crafts, and gathered community members for an evening of entertainment. The event had to be postponed for a year last year due to COVID-19.

This event has been taking place since 2018 with 100% of all money raised going directly to Camp Quality Northwest Missouri.

Camp Quality provides shelter for children who have been diagnosed with cancer. These children are given the opportunity to participate in activities that they might not otherwise be able to participate in.

Camp Quality Northwest Missouri Staff Coordinator Jennifer McKinley attends the event every year. She said she is grateful to see the community come together to support this cause.

“Our mission at Camp Quality is to provide children with a fun experience and take their minds off other aspects of their lives,” McKinley said. “They participate in activities such as horseback riding, fishing, boating, crafts and more. We just want to see a smile on their face.”

Camp Quality Northwest Missouri began in 1986 and has since grown to become the largest of any Camp Quality in the world. Headquartered in St. Joseph, they help children throughout Northwest Missouri. Camp Quality runs entirely on donations, with all camper and volunteer fees paid during the events.

“This is the only event that supports us, like RUST Under the Stars. We are always looking for volunteers and people to support our camp and our children, so we are very grateful for this event,” said McKinley.

Participating suppliers donate their time and supplies to support this goal. Food trucks and other small business owners set up stalls to bring RUST Under the Stars entertainment. The atmosphere of the event begins every year at the beginning of autumn. The official grand total raised for this year’s event has not yet been calculated.

Melissa Campbell, head of the planning committee for RUST Under the Stars, said she was delighted that the event could be held again this year.

“We look forward to creating RUST Under the Stars each year and bringing the Maryville community together to raise money for Camp Quality,” said Campbell. “We continue to look for ways to make our event bigger. We would love to partner with Northwest organizations and Greek Life in the future if we could.”

This event will take place again next fall and the RUST Under the Stars committee hopes to expand it and raise even more money for Camp Quality.

“The event was a success and we were so happy to see so many community members come out to celebrate the fall and support children with cancer,” said Campbell.

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