White is an “inherently positive color”; we were reminded of this by Angie Fagan, a mother who knows firsthand what it means to have a child fighting cancer.  It was also the theme of the night for the Sweetheart’s Ball.

The live and silent auction and dinner fundraiser benefits Camp Journey in Post Falls, Idaho. Camp Journey is a camp like no other. It is a place where children battling cancer can go and temporarily put aside their medical fight and remember what it is to just be a kid. At camp they swim, fish, rock climb, go hiking and have water-gun fights; experiences that most children get to take for granted.  And tonight, a crowd of 260 turned out to support this camp.

The crowd was dressed in white this year and the guests had a lot of fun with this theme. There were dapperly dressed men in white tuxedoes and ladies in white dresses lovely enough for a walk down the aisle. Clearly, the crowd had fun dressing for this event and were glad to push the envelope.

The event was held at the lovely Coeur d’Alene Resort. The night started with the silent auction where guests could bid on artwork by local artists such as Stan Miller, who donated a beautiful watercolor, and photography donated by The Art Spirit Gallery. Also in the silent auction were baskets of fine wine, power tools, and a large cooler of beer that would be sure to cool you off on a hot day at the lake.

Three stunning beauty pageant winners- the reigning Mrs. Idaho 2017 Michele Sheets; Mrs. Coeur d’Alene Stormie Woolsey; and Mrs. Kootenai Karyn Holt graced the event and helped raise money by selling raffle tickets. They were as kind and enthusiastic as they were lovely.

After the seated dinner, the fun continued with the live auction. There were trips to fantastic destinations, chef dinners and outdoor experiences auctioned off. The crowd was very excited to play Heads or Tails, a fundraising game where the participants buy a chance to play for $10, then the players gather and the coin tossing begins. Each time the coin is tossed, players put their hands on their heads or their “tails”. If you guess incorrectly, you are out of the game. The last person standing wins half of the pot. This got the whole room involved with either playing or cheering.

Then, the incredibly poised Fagan Family took the stage and gave a very personal account of what Camp Journey meant to their family. There was not a dry eye in the audience as Angie Fagan bravely and openly shared how hard it is to watch your child fight cancer and how grateful she is that Camp Journey exists to allow her son to experience the simple joys of childhood.

At that point, fundraising may have been finished, but the fun was not. DJ Ryan Jerard from Epic Vibe DJ and Lighting helped the crowd dance the night away.