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Legacy of generosity lives on through annual golf benefit

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. of Highland, Ill., recently hosted the Camp Ondessonk Golf Benefit for the 28th year.

The collective contributions from this year’s golf benefit will provide more than $37,400 of additional resources to help fulfill Camp’s mission to provide exceptional outdoor and spiritual adventures empowering kids of all ages.

The annual event was founded by Pete Korte, a long-time supporter and friend of Camp Ondessonk who passed away days before this year’s event. The benefit continued as planned with the blessing of his family because, as Pete always said, “It’s for the kids!”

Organizers noted that it was due to the passion and dedication of Pete Korte and his family, friends, and colleagues, that nearly $1 million had been raised over the past 28 years in support of Camp Ondessonk.

This year, 87 golfers participated in the Golf Benefit Sept. 30, 2023, at the Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville, Ill. In addition to the time and dedication of volunteers, organizers noted that this event would not be possible without the support of its golfers, donors, and sponsors.

Premium tournament sponsors were Korte & Luitjohan Contactors, Inc., Beelman Ready Mix, Pepsi MidAmerica, Prindable Insurance Agency, and Tomans Young Sr.; Diamond sponsor was Roland Machinery Company; and Platinum sponsors included Huels Oil Company, Keeley & Sons, Midwest Municipal Supply, Jim & Kate Shively, Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program, StoneTree Fabrications, Inc., USI Midwest Insurance Services, and Vermeer Midwest.

Golfer gifts were donated by Silkworm, Inc., and food and beverage sponsors included Pepsi MidAmerica, Robert “Chick” Fritz Distributing, Trenton Processing, and US Foods.

Camp Ondessonk served more than 3,200 campers during Summer Camp 2023, and will serve more than 5,000 others throughout the Education & Recreation Season.

Organizers also expressed their thanks to the Korte Family, the employees at Korte & Luitjohan, and all the businesses, sponsors, and golfers who have supported the campers of Ondessonk for the past 28 incredible years, and for many years to come.

Save the date for Camp Ondessonk’s 29th Annual Golf Benefit: Sept. 21, 2024.


About Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc.

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. is a full-service, design-build, construction management, and general contracting firm providing quality construction throughout the Metro St. Louis area and Southern and Central Illinois.
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  or

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