A nostalgic night of classic camp experiences and the best local brews benefiting Camp Encourage.


Support local, quality recreational services for youth with autism in our region at our annual camp-themed benefit.

Foundation Event Space

1221 Union Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64101

We look forward to welcoming you once again to S’Mores & Pours, as we celebrate all that is good about camp and of course, our campers! We plan to welcome you to “camp” with cocktails, local brews, camp activities, and a wonderful array of auction items. We will come together for a fantastic camp style meal followed by a special announcement and first-ever viewed footage from camp. A live auction and s'mores inspired dessert will cap off the night as we toast the sweet support that helps Camp Encourage continue its mission.


Camp themed cocktail hour and activities 

Open bar and local, in-season dinner capped off by s’mores, of course!

Thoughtfully curated silent and live auction

Click on the ticket levels below to see which is most fitting for you, dear S'Mores and Pours "camper!" We'll be eager to welcome you!












In 2018, Camp Encourage was honored to have three Event Chairs!

Stephanie and Henry Bond

Stephanie and Henry Bond have been married 27 years and have two adult children, Julia "Avery" and Daniel; as well as a sheltie collie, Coto. They moved to Kansas City from Atlanta (by way of Cleveland) in 2013 when Henry assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer for Lockton, Inc., a global insurance brokerage. Stephanie has a background in strategic management consulting and currently serves both nonprofits and small- to mid-sized businesses; advising them on strategy development, operational effectiveness, organizational design, and marketing. Stephanie was introduced to Camp Encourage shortly after the Bonds moved to Kansas City; she was immediately drawn to Kelly's unfailing enthusiasm and the organization's commitment to encouraging self-esteem and independence in youths with autism. Julia "Avery" was also intrigued; as an individual on the autism spectrum, she was impressed by Camp Encourage's mission and programming. Stephanie and Henry would love to see Camp Encourage grow its reach in our community by expanding programming to create more year-round connection opportunities, and serving as a model for the highest quality evidence-based camp programming for our youth.

Caleb Clark

Caleb Clark is a Camp Encourage alum, having attended camp for several overnight sessions. There are so many reasons Camp Encourage means so much him. Here are his top ten!

  • I am with people that care about me.
  • I get to meet new people and make new friends every time.
  • I get to socialize plus learn new things.
  • I always have a wonderful time at camp and I look forward to it all year--it's my most fun time of the year.
  • I always get to meet a close friend that likes the same activities I do.
  • I come in with a smile and I walk out with a smile (my favorite).
  • Sometimes I get to meet a friend that I haven't seen since elementary school.
  • I think Camp Encourage is one of the most underrated things!!!
  • Camp Encourage is like my second family.
  • I think some of the best food I ever had comes from Camp Encourage.

Become a sponsor and show your community your support for quality recreational services for youth with autism in our region! Click on a support level below or download our sponsorship form to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this event. 

Perhaps you simply want to make sure your friends, colleagues, and/or family are beside you that night and don't need sponsor benefits? If so, select your table (found above with ticket sales) and brace yourself for an enjoyable evening side by side.












Photos from 2016 event courtesy of Olga Pitenko of This Moment Story Lab

Photos from 2017 event courtesy of Foto By Design


Fair market value of individual tickets is $40. All tickets and sponsor packages are tax-deductible, minus fair market value of included tickets.