Annual Pineapple Sales and Gala benefit for Camp Courageous

Pineapple Sales at Hy-VeeFresh pineapples will be in Iowa for the 36th Annual Pineapple Sale for Camp Courageous the week of August 7th-11th. The pineapples will be on sale at nearly 30 Hy-Vee Stores in Bettendorf, Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Clinton, Coralville, Davenport, Dubuque, Iowa City, Marion, and Waterloo. Most locations will have the ability to core and place the pineapple in a container for the customer. A dollar from the sale of each pineapple will go to benefit Camp Courageous, a year-round respite and recreational facility, serving over 6,000 individuals with special needs annually. Customers not interested in pineapple, are encouraged to buy a gift card for food and send it to camp.


The 35th Annual Pineapple Gala, will be Friday, August 16th at the Cedar Rapids Marriott beginning at 5:30 p.m. This is one of Iowa’s largest charity silent and live auction with nearly 400 items ranging from $5 to condos. An exceptional Hawaiian dinner, entertainment, and door prizes, including a trip for two to Hawaii, are planned for this year’s Gala. Volunteer Emcees for the evening will be Ralph Palmer and Coach Lisa Bluder and the volunteer auctioneer will be Neal Bousselot. Tickets are $60/each or a table of 10 for $600. Auction items can be donated, or tickets can be obtained through the camp by calling Charlie Becker at 319/465-5916, ext. 2100 or e-mailing at Many auction items can be viewed at: Special Camp Courageous overnight rates are available by calling the Marriott.

This year Camp Courageous will be honoring the Dave Schmitt for his years of support of Camp Courageous.