Cash for Cale

Published 10:48 am Thursday, March 15, 2018

EURE – In the very near future, local youngsters attending Camp Cale in nearby Perquimans County will have a new bunkhouse to lay their heads at night.

Among the benefactors making that dream happen are those attending or sponsoring a March 3 fundraiser in Gates County.

Ann and Wade Askew hosted that event at the famed A & W’s Outback, an oyster bar located behind their home on White Oak Road. There, approximately 125 guests feasted on steamed oysters and shrimp, filled bowls with delicious homemade clam chowder, and enjoyed other items on the menu – to include chicken wings and ham biscuits.

With his wife, Joyce, holding the lid, Perry Eure scoops up a piping hot serving of clam chowder at the Camp Cale fundraiser.

In the end, nearly $7,770 was raised for the Camp Cale Bunkhouse Fund.

Camp Cale, located on nearly 90 acres along the Perquimans River, is home to a youth and teen ministry during the summer months. It was founded in 1961 and is operated by the Chowan Baptist Association.

“It’s a wonderful place for our children to learn faith-based values and the teachings of Jesus Christ,” said Ann Askew.

“We are aware and supportive of foreign missions through our local churches, but we need to realize the importance of local missions, especially when it comes to our children,” she continued. “Camp Cale is a perfect place for our children to be led towards Christ. What they learn during those weeks of summer camp they can bring home, share it with their friends and family and perhaps lead them to Christ as well.”

“If one child is saved, gives their life to Jesus because of attending Camp Cale, then all the effort we put into this fundraiser was worth all the hard work,” stressed Wade Askew.

The Askews, who attend Eure Baptist Church, are well known for giving back to their community. They previously hosted two similar fundraisers (one on 2014 and the other two years later) to benefit GEMS (Gates Emergency Ministries – a local food bank).

“Our pastor, Wayne Proctor, who also serves as the chairman for the Cale Management Group, asked Wade and I last year would we consider hosting a fundraiser for the bunkhouse project at Camp Cale,” Ann Askew said. “We put it together for this year and had a great turnout. We appreciate all those who came out and supported this special project.”

Listed among this year’s corporate sponsors for the fundraiser at A & W’s Outback were Ace Hardware, AgCarolina Farm Credit, B & S Enterprise, Bertie Staffing, LLC, Bunch Manufacturing, B&S Enterprises Inc., Bundy Logging Company, Jamie and Rick Burns, Byrum Hardware, Cabral Construction, Susan and Hal Chappell, Carolina Chrysler Jeep, Commercial Ready Mix Products, East Coast Equipment, Malinda and Chuck Eure, Allie and Timmy Evans, EZ Page, First Citizens Bank, Garrett Sykes Funeral Service, Gates County Farm Bureau, Gates County Farm Services, Gates Custom Milling, Inc., Golden Skillet / Southern Delight Catering, Heikens Well, Inc., Lenora and Mike Harrell, High & Crowe, LLP, Hoggard-Eure Associates, Hog Slat, Hofler Logging, Inc., Anne and Bobby Hollowell, In God We Trust, Eddie Jennings, Jernigan Oil, Johnson & McLean, CPA, George Lang Jr., Lassiter’s Portable Toilets, Lilley International Inc., Sheryl and George Mack Miller, Pepsi Bottling of Elizabeth City, Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Roanoke Electric Cooperative, Second Look Landscaping, Todd’s Pharmacy, and TWAS (Tidal Wave) of Elizabeth City.

Wade Askew checks on several buckets of steamed oysters that were served to the patrons of the Camp Cale Bunkhouse Project fundraiser on March 3 at A & W’s Outback, located near Eure.

Figuring in all the corporate sponsors and in-kind sponsorships, the event grossed in excess of $10,000. Of that amount, $7,695 (after all expenses to stage the event were paid) was donated to the Bunkhouse Fund.

According to Dr. Proctor, the bunkhouse project will cost $750,000 to complete. It will add to the growing list of facilities at Camp Cale, that now include open air cabins, closed air cabins, a pavilion, a conference center, and a snack bar.

Camp Cale offers summer camp for local children who are ages second grade through high school seniors. Camp is held for different age groups over a seven-week period, beginning June 10 and ending Aug. 1.

To learn more about Camp Cale or to make a donation, call 252-264-2513 or email


About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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