Formed in August 2017, The TPK Group (The Peppiest Kids) is a true 100% volunteer organization made up of former staff of Friendly House and Hidden Hollow Camp. Friendly House made a significant difference to the persons we are today. Our mission is to support the mission of Friendly House and Hidden Hollow Camp through volunteerism and fundraising efforts. To be involved with the volunteerism and events with TPK, please contact Greg Mead for more information.
Weekend Of Giving – Annually in June
The main fundraising event for TPK is the Weekend Of Giving (WoG), which started in 2018. This event is held in mid-June at Hidden Hollow Camp and has met with great success. Projects get done around the camp to improve facilities and give some areas of camp a much needed face lift. To date, over $112,000 has been raised through both financial and supply donations; and, TPK has clocked over 3575 volunteer hours. All persons in attendance are volunteers who donated both time and money to participate in the weekend.
The AmazonSmile Friendly House Wish List is available to send needed gifts to Friendly House any time. Follow this link to our Wish List. There are many more projects to be done.
2021 Weekend Of Giving took take place from June 17 at 5 PM through June 20 at 11 AM at Hidden Hollow Camp.
FINAL REPORT LINK – This link details the final report for the 2021 Weekend Of Giving. This report was sent to the Director for Friendly House, Terry Conard and the Friendly House Board of Managers.
Other Previous Events
TPK also offers other social and fun events that continue to raise additional funds for Friendly House and the camps. In the last several years TPK has sponsored several smaller events that still help Friendly House and Hidden Hollow in big ways. To keep informed make sure to follow both the TPK Group and HHC Staff Alumni on Facebook.
DO GOOD WITH BURRITOS! On December 22, 2020, Chipotle at 2470 Possum Run Rd in Mansfield sponsored a fundraiser for Friendly House. We were able to raise nearly $200 to help support Friendly House programs.
IT WILL BE A HAY OF A DAY AT HHC! On October 28th TPK helped Friendly House load the barn with hay for the horses for the winter feedings. It was a great work out!
CAMPFIRE AT HHC! – Not all of our events require sweat equity. On OCT 10th about 24 friends joined each other at the big campfire circle to chat and enjoy the fall weather under a clear sky and next to a raging HHC campfire!
BED ASSEMBLY VOLUNTEER DAY at the NEW BARN – On Saturday, June 27th approximately 40 volunteers showed up in force to help assemble and put new counselor beds into cabins. At the previous Weekend Of Giving, TPK was able to purchase new mattresses for all for all of the counselors. During this event we were able to complete that project by purchasing the materials and building brand new beds for all of the HHC Staff. Since this occurred during COVID-19 it was a safe and a social distanced volunteer event. Lunch was provided to all cooked by Mr. Terry.
BIG STEVE SCRAMBLE – September 15, 2019 TPK held a golf outing at Little Apple Golf course. The event was a scramble had over 80 participants enjoying a great day of golf, some great pizza and drinks, and wonderful donated door prizes. To find our additional information, or to get on the list to participate at the next Big Steve Scramble, text TPK Board Member Chris Bottorf at 419.566.9666.
“UNDER THE STARS” ADULT PROM – Held in August, 2019 this first Re-Prom Dance was held at Snow Trails on Possum Run Road. The evening was filled with old friends and fun on the dance floor. Over 50 fans of Friendly House and HHC came out to help celebrate and donate to help the cause. TPK plans to have the next dance at HHC in the Sky High Lodge! If you would like additional information for the next dance, please text TPK Board Member Chris Bottorf at 419.566.9666.
VOLUNTEER DAYS – Occasionally on weekends TPK will hold a volunteer day at one of the Friendly House properties. These are usually planned work details to assist Friendly House with a repair or improvement to a specific facility or structure. These are typically planned at least several weeks in advance and are published as a Facebook event.