15th Annual Charity Golf Event
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Held in loving memory of long-time camper, Lana Antvelink, this event supports Camp Sunshine and its mission to provide a camping experience for persons with developmental disabilities in an inclusive environment that embraces their recreational, emotional, physical, spiritual, and relational needs. Held at The Club at Thornapple Pointe in Grand Rapids, Michigan, this outing features outstanding golf, lots of fun, great food, and an opportunity to know you’ve done your best to support one of the finest camps of its kind, anywhere!
This is a four-person scramble format round of golf complete with various in-round contests such as long drive, hole-in-one, and long putt contests. Golfers are treated to hors d’oeuvres and a putting contest prior to golf and dinner and a raffle afterward. It is a great outing with fun for golfers of all ages!
About Lana Antvelink
Lana Antvelink was a long-time camper at Camp Sunshine and her family created this golf outing in her memory as a way to further support the mission of Camp Sunshine. Below is Lana’s story and some photos from her time at Camp Sunshine.
Lana Rene Antvelink was born March 6, 1969, to James and Krystene Antvelink. She was the youngest in the family with three brothers and one sister, which over time grew to include spouses and eleven nieces and nephews. She had a special and unique relationship with every person in both her immediate and extended family. While growing up, Lana attended Lincoln School, Grandville Public Schools, and graduated from the special education program at The Christian Learning Center. Lana then spent the next fifteen years working at the Hope Network. Lana was a very special person and enjoyed her time with her many friends, co-workers, and job coaches. She was also very proud to be ‘assistant secretary’ at Ivanrest Christian Reformed Church one day a week for seven years. Lana attended Remembrance Reformed Church in Grand Rapids her entire life. She was baptized there in June 1969, and attended services and church school classes weekly. Lana built many special friendships with the people at Remembrance, both young and old. In a very special and moving service in March of 1989, Lana made her public profession of faith and became a member at this church. Lana passed peacefully into the loving arms of Jesus on March 14, 2002. Lana was a child of God, who in her brief 33 years, touched the lives of many friends and family, and taught all of us to love each other and God more deeply.
Lana’s Camp Sunshine Story
Our daughter, Lana Antvelink, attended Camp Sunshine from its beginning in 1983. For the next almost twenty years, once her birthday was over on March 6, she would begin the countdown until Camp Sunshine, which was usually held in August. She was once asked, “What is your favorite thing about Camp Sunshine?” She answered, “I can’t think of one thing because I like everything!”
As a camper, Lana enjoyed all the special times of crafts, singing, swimming and devotions. Every year there was also a special activity such as a petting zoo, horse rides, boat rides, and even an elephant ride. There is no time for boredom at Camp Sunshine.
When Lana was at camp, her parents knew that she was being cared for and loved by the staff and counselors who serve on a one to one ratio with each special camper. The Camp Sunshine volunteers are there because of their love for these special individuals. Lana was loved for who she was, her abilities were important; not her disability.
One of the highlights of her week was the Talent Show, when each camper could do what they liked best. Lana loved to dance…and she was free to dance without her mother there to inhibit her. As it became more difficult for her because of her heart problems, the staff would let her dance but would limit her time.
The Lord is present in each person there whether they are staff, counselor or camper. While it was held at Camp Geneva, Lana wrote that she went to Camp Geheaven…it was “heaven on Earth” to her, and continued to be as it moved to Camp Blodgett.
Praise God for Camp Sunshine!
Jim and Krys Antvelink