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Shaping Brighter Futures

Camp Dallas at Sankoty Lakes provides at-risk children with life-saving outdoor experiences.

by Peoria Magazine |
In partnership with ELITE Youth Outreach

Dwayne and Patty Atherton are teaming up with entrepreneur/philanthropist Kim Blickenstaff and Carl Cannon’s ELITE organization to open a camp for at-risk children at Sankoty Lakes Resort & Retreat. Camp Dallas will open this summer on the Sankoty property in Spring Bay, a joint development between Blickenstaff and Atherton.

The Athertons’ son, Dallas, was just 19 when he took his own life in 2007. They have a mission to preserve his legacy and spare other families the tragedy they experienced. Carl Cannon opened ELITE 20 years ago to try to keep kids out of prison, and hundreds of area youth have graduated from the program to become productive adults. Camp Dallas will allow children from all over central Illinois to escape from their problems and enjoy the outdoors. PM