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Camp Ondessonk 27th Annual Golf Benefit held Oct. 8 was a big success

Three generations of Korte men stand with Camp Ondessonk Executive Director, Dan King, to support Camp Ondessonk’s campers and mission through raising nearly $900,000 over the past 27 years. Pictured, from left, are Kevin Korte, Matt Korte, Pete Korte, Gregg Korte and Dan King. (Photo courtesy of Camp Ondessonk)

“It’s all for the kids!”

The personal motto of Pete Korte, chairman of Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., in Highland, Ill., rang especially true this year at the Camp Ondessonk 27th Annual Golf Benefit.

Because of the unwavering passion and dedication of Korte and his family, friends, and colleagues, close to $1 million has been raised over the past 27 years, providing tuition assistance for families, and changing countless lives through the opportunity to attend summer camp.

This year’s Golf Benefit took place at the Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville, Ill., on Oct. 8, 2022. In addition to the time and dedication of its volunteers, this event also depends on the support it receives from its many sponsors.

Premium tournament sponsors were Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc., Beelman Ready Mix, Pepsi MidAmerica, Prindable Insurance Agency, and Thomas Young, Sr. The Diamond sponsor was Roland Machinery Company. Platinum sponsors were Ameren Illinois, First Mid Bank & Trust, Jim & Carol Henrichs, Jansen Chevrolet, Keeley & Sons, Midwest Municipal Supply, Jim & Kate Shively, SICAP, and USI Insurance & Bonds. The golfer gift sponsor was Silkworm, Inc., and food and beverage sponsors included US Foods, Trenton Processing, Robert “Chick” Fritz Distributing, and Pepsi MidAmerica.

The Pete Korte Family involvement and support of Camp Ondessonk spans decades. His children and grandchildren attended camp and served as counselors, and Pete and his generous employees have donated thousands of hours of their time, equipment, and construction expertise to help build many projects around Camp Ondessonk. The current K&L-assisted project involves laying pipes for a new staff duplex on the property to be named Pete Korte Lodge, honoring Pete’s legacy and support for Ondessonk.

In 2022, Camp Ondessonk served nearly 3,200 campers during the summer season, steadily building since the loss of summer camp in 2020, with the majority from Illinois and Missouri.

Organizers wish to express their sincere thanks to Pete and Jane Korte, their beautiful family, the employees at Korte & Luitjohan, and all the businesses, sponsors, and golfers who have supported the campers of Ondessonk for the last 27 incredible years, and in years to come. 

About Camp Ondessonk:

Since 1959, Camp Ondessonk has been offering summer camp and leadership development programs to youth ages 8 to 16. The American Camp Association and Certified Horsemanship Association accredited programs and facilities give campers the opportunity to explore the outdoors while growing in self-esteem and respect for God’s creation. Camp Ondessonk also provides conference facilities, lodging, and a variety of programs for youth and adults throughout the year. More information is available at

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