Camp Knutson’s Night Under the Stars benefit is July 16

The event will be held in person for the first time since 2019. Night Under the Stars benefits campers with disabilities, medical conditions and other identified needs.

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Erickson, Matt

CROSSLAKE — Camp Knutson, a service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, will host Night Under the Stars on July 16.

The event will be in person for the first time since 2019. Night Under the Stars benefits campers with disabilities, medical conditions and other identified needs.

The evening features a wine bar, silent auction, dinner, live auction and a program. The online auction will open on July 13, offering bidders a wide variety of options. Supporters can participate in the online auction whether or not they are attending the in-person event.

“Night Under the Stars allows Camp Knutson to help our campers realize their dreams,” said Jared Griffin, senior director of Camp Knutson, in a news release. “Funds raised sustain our programs, support necessary improvements to grounds and ensure that camp remains safe and medically sound for our campers with medical needs.”

A free kickoff concert for Night Under the Stars will take place 6-8 p.m. July 9 on the docks of Camp Knutson. Folksinger-songwriter Kelley Smith will perform a wide range of vintage tunes, including bluegrass, folk, country blues and jazz genres, as well as modern Americana. Attendees will watch the concert from their boat or personal watercraft.


Camp Knutson is a camp for youths and adults with disabilities, medical conditions and other identified needs. Campers build friendships, recognize their strengths, gain self-confidence and identify skills to help them realize their goals.

To learn more about Night Under the Stars and Music on the Docks, go to . Camp Knutson is located at 11148 Manhattan Point Boulevard, Crosslake, MN 56442.

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