A nine-year-old girl who was the sole survivor of a car crash that claimed the lives of her family members experienced a trauma that no child should ever have to face. And while she may never move past the ordeal, Champions Kids Camp is committed to helping her move through it.
Champions Kids Camp founders Bill and Kim Nash created and organized the Texas Best Music Fest to be the largest fundraiser for the camp, which is a 501(c)(3) charity. The Nashes are musicians themselves, and they founded the camp in honor of their oldest son, Billy, who is a Leukemia survivor.
After their son’s illness, Bill and Kim began thinking about the impact that trauma has on a child for the rest of their lives. Bill noticed that in the time immediately following a traumatic event, a child has ample support, but as time goes on, resources like therapy and ongoing counseling taper off.
“What we saw was that, if a child witnessed something like domestic violence, they got a lot of help in the beginning,” Bill said, “but eventually those services that are in place to help kids kind of disappear.
Then what do they do? They’re still hurting, but they don’t have that support anymore. Champions Kids Camp gives them a loving and wonderful experience to help them heal.”
Bill credited his deep faith as the motivating factor behind starting the camp. “I felt like God was calling us to do something to help these children,” he said.
And so the Nash family founded Champions Kids Camp and established the Texas Best Music Fest as the organization’s main source of funding.
Each year, the music festival features performances by local country musicians, and one hundred percent of the profits from the event benefit Champions Kids Camp.
This years’ Texas Best Music Fest took place June 9 at Mo’s Place, one of Katy’s most popular live music venues.
Headliners for the event were Bill and Kim’s son, Jimmy Nash, Eddy Raven, Hayden Baker, Roy Head and Derek Spence.
Texas Best Music Fest drew an impressive crowd with several community VIPs. Congressman Pete Olson was in attendance. KPRC Channel 2 anchor Dominique Sachse was the master of ceremonies, and Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls was the auctioneer for the live auction. Dodie Olsteen, mother of Joel Osteen and matriarch of Lakewood Church, led the prayer services.
Nehls used his surprising abilities as a professional auctioneer to raise money for the charity. Said Nehls, “Every now and then I lead an auction for a charity in the community that really makes a difference. Champions Kids Camp is one of the most wonderful organizations in our community, and I’m proud to be able to volunteer. Any great charity, especially one that helps kids, is something I want to be a part of.”
Olson shared a similar sentiment. “When I heard what Champions Kid Camp was doing for these children, I knew I wanted to come out and show support.”
Funds from the event are still being calculated, but preliminary numbers indicate that the charity made over $103,000 from the event.
Later this year, Champions Kids Camp will host a fundraising celebrity golf tournament featuring the Houston Astros.
To learn more about Champions Kids Camp or to donate to their cause, visit www.championskidscamp.org.