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Cooking for Campers

16 of Houston’s best restaurants and a meld of who’s who connect for the same purpose.

Article by Joanna Sanchez

Photography by Contributed by Four Seasons Houston

Originally published in Pearland Lifestyle

Camp H-town Foundation is an Oncology camp providing children ages 8-14 who are living with cancer a safe and exciting unique sleep away camp environment for them and their families at no financial cost. Annually they collaborate with multiple Houston Restaurants, the Four Seasons Houston, and The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital to raise money benefiting the families and providing awareness. This year’s celebration had an amazing collaboration of 16 celebrated Houston chefs and sold out an event that raised over $83,000.

Food brings comfort, shared cultures, and ultimately connects strangers. Celebrity chefs from restaurants like Traveler’s Table, Guard and Grace, Uchi and more took this known fact teamed up to help local families have a fun staycation. “Bringing our community together for a night with these celebrated chefs to raise money for Camp H-Town is always such a special occasion,” states General Manager Tom Segesta of the Four Seasons Houston. The unique partnership Camp H-town has with the restaurants, MD Anderson, and Four Seasons brings back the joy of childhood to a population of children that do not always get to adventure.

The foundation provides a safer space to camp and explore while encouraging valuable friendships and connections with those they may have seen through the virtual camp program or at the hospital. Through built friendships exists a special support network many children need and lasts a lifetime. “This year more than ever, after shifting to virtual these past two years, everyone felt the importance of getting back together for real connection, refocusing, and raising money for Camp H-Town,” says Tom Segesta.

The Four Seasons turns a whole dedicated floor in the hotel with 24/7 hospital staff or named the “camp counselors” into an urban campground. Rooms are cabins equipped with bunkbeds and tents for the families. Laughter is heard while smores are made around campfires, crafts created, scary stories told, and all minus the bugs and bears. Along with hotel activities campers and families visit surrounding attractions including a visit from the Houston Police and Fire Departments, a day at Lakewood Yacht Club, Prom Night at House of Blues, Astros night, and more. Want to take part visit www.camphtown.org