One year ago, teenager Jocelyn Lamp organized the first Talent For Campers, a fundraiser for Camp Barnabas, a camp providing Christian camping experiences to people with special needs or chronic illnesses along with their siblings.

One year ago, teenager Jocelyn Lamp organized the first Talent For Campers, a fundraiser for Camp Barnabas, a camp providing Christian camping experiences to people with special needs or chronic illnesses along with their siblings.
Camp Barnabas has two locations in Southwest Missouri, one located near Purdy and a second at Shell Knob.
The event proved successful and raised over $7,000. Lamp has since moved out of the area but another teen, Carly Anderson of Neosho, stepped up to host the 2nd Annual Talent for Campers.
"Last year, my friend, Jocelyn Lamp, started this fundraiser and it was a huge success," Anderson stated. "Jocelyn heard about Camp Barnabas and she was motivated to make a difference. She recently moved and I felt called to carry on this event as I have personally worked at a special needs camp and witnessed what a blessing it is to the campers."
This year's event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, at The Civic in Neosho, located at 109 W. Main Street.
Tickets are $10 at the door. A family friendly show featuring local talent will be presented and there will also be a silent auction. Many items have been donated for the silent auction.
Performers are scheduled to include Steven Lacey, Worship, dancers from Solomon's Studio, Abby Akehurst on the harp, pianists Josiah Reitz and Cassie Carnahan, puppets presented by Room At His Table, comedy from Korey Klein, and a performance from some special kids.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Camp Barnabas scholarship fund. Anderson hopes to top last year's fundraising numbers and said she plans to raise $10,000.
Over the past 24 years, Camp Barnabas has welcomed more than 75,000 campers and missionaries. On average 60 percent of campers seek scholarship assistance and projected numbers anticipate 70% of campers requiring financial assistance in 2018.
Camp Barnabas offers life changing opportunities to all individuals, regardless of their disability or diagnosis and to the people who serve them by providing social experiences that increase spiritual knowledge, social learning and human dignity.
Sponsors who made this year's event possible are Impact Solutions, Incorporated, Southwest Missouri Bank, Community Bank and Trust, Charley's Grill, The Insurance Store, Midway Veterinary Clinic, Papa Murphy's Pizza, attorney Steven Hays, American Legion #163 auxiliary, Knights of Columbus, OE Upholstery and More, Newton County Abstract and Title,
For additional details about Talent For Campers, visit the Talent For Campers page on Facebook and for additional information about Camp Barnabas, visit www.CampBarnabas.org.
Donations may also be mailed to Camp Barnabas, Attention Talent for Campers, at 3322 South Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807.