Magic Makers Spotlight

October Spotlight: LIVESTRONG


We would like to spotlight and give special thanks to LIVESTRONG who has been an incredible champion of Camp Kesem since 2011.

Camp Kesem remains very grateful for the incredible partnership we have formed with the LIVESTRONG Foundation.  Camp Kesem has been selected (twice!) as recipients of the LIVESTRONG Community Impact Grant, which is given to organizations that demonstrate they have programs that are replicable, meet a unique need, and have significant unmet demand.  Thanks to LIVESTRONG’s support, Camp Kesem was able to open 12 new chapters in 2011 and an additional 12 in 2013, allowing us to extend our services to so many new children and families at 24 communities nationwide.  LIVESTRONG has been an integral and fundamental part of our organization’s growth, both financially and administratively, as well as both nationally, and regionally. LIVESTRONG has been an invaluable partner in helping build awareness for Camp Kesem, through partnership introductions, social media efforts, and highlighting Camp Kesem in all materials available to cancer survivors nationwide.

The LIVESTRONG Foundation fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer now. Created in 1997, the Foundation is known for providing free cancer support services and advocating for policies that improve access to care and quality of life. Known for its powerful brand – LIVESTRONG – the Foundation has become a symbol of hope and inspiration around the world. Since its inception, the Foundation has served 2.8 million people affected by the disease and raised more than $580 million to support cancer survivors. One of America’s top non-profit organizations, the Foundation has been recognized by industry leaders including Charity Navigator, the National Health Council and the Better Business Bureau for its excellent governance, high standards and transparency.

For more information about LIVESTRONG, please visit

July Spotlight: Richard & Dara Levy

Honorees Richard and Dara Levy of Winnetka with their daughters by Dawid Klimek

We would like to spotlight and give special thanks to Richard and Dara Levy who have been incredible champions of Camp Kesem since 2012.

Richard is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Victory Park Capital, and Dara is the owner of Cellular Intelligence Luxury MedSpa.

Camp Kesem’s mission is very personal for the Levy family.  Dara’s first husband died after a five year battle with colon cancer, leaving her with two girls, aged 9 and 11 at the time.  The Levy’s first-hand experience demonstrated the impact cancer has on a family, and what a fantastic lifelong gift it is to allow kids to connect with others who can support them during or after such a traumatic period.

As two-time Event Sponsors of the Family Night at the Museum, Richard and Dara, along with Victory Park Capital and Giordano’s, have helped raise significant awareness and funds for Camp Kesem.  In addition, Richard and Dara have played a very active role in bringing many of Chicago’s top sports, media and financial leaders and organizations together for this very special night. During Family Night at the Museum 2014, the Levy’s sponsored the night’s paddle raise, pledging to match all donations at the $1,000 level up to $30,000.  Because of their generous donation, we are now able to open a chapter at Cornell University for Summer 2015.

We are incredibly humbled and grateful for the Levy’s support of Camp Kesem.