Camp LUCK (Cherryville, NC)


  • Name:Mr. Chris McKenzie
  • Title:Treasurer

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Camp LUCK
  • Address:5655 Cohn Eaker Rd
    Cherryville, NC 28021
    NC - North Carolina
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:7042401041

Organization Web

User Address

  • Address:203 Pintail Run Lane
    Mooresville, NC 28117
    United States

User Phone

  • Direct phone:704-907-1042

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Camp LUCK is to offer support for children with congenital heart disease and their families, and to provide a healthy worry-free (medically supervised) camp environment where children with congenital heart disease and their families have opportunities to reach their potential by building self-esteem, friendships and character through participating in activities that are focused on nurturing the development of Lucky Unlimited Cardiac Kids.

  • Overview:
  • Camp LUCK is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that operates camps and provides various support services (as further described below) for children with heart disease and their families.

    Camp LUCK operates a “Family Camp”, which is a week-end camp for children with significant heart disease (“heart kids”) and their parents, siblings and other family members, and a “Kids Camp”, which is a week-long overnight camp for heart kids and their siblings. Family Camp is held one weekend a year in May and is a chance for families to bond and to support one another while having the time of their lives. Camp LUCK also operates a “Kids Camp”, which is a week-long overnight camp for heart kids and their siblings. Kids Camp is held for one week in August and is a chance for heart kids 7-14 years of age to have a “regular” summer camp experience. Each child has the opportunity to bring a sibling to camp. Kids Camp is free for all children involved. Camp LUCK’s camps are held at Camp Cherokee in Kings Mountain State Park. This is about 45 minutes from Charlotte. Camp Cherokee is a rustic camp nestled in the woods of a beautiful state park. It provides a no frills (but plenty of thrills!!) opportunity for heart kids to run, play, swim, climb, explore, and grow—all without electronics of any kind. Kids’ lives and family’s lives are transformed at Camp LUCK. It’s truly that special.

    In addition to operating the camps, Camp LUCK also offers an array of support programs and
    services that are provided by Camp LUCK throughout the year to heart kids and their families, which Camp LUCK refers to generally as “Parents Camp”. The goal of these programs is to continue and extend the values and benefits of camp throughout the year, outside the physical confines of the traditional camp setting. Camp LUCK believes that camp is not just a place, but an attitude, and strives to create the positive enriching atmosphere of camp in everything Camp LUCK does including programs that support families. The specific programs offered by Camp LUCK’s parents camp are described in detail below, and they are each designed to create and strengthen the relationship between families who have heart kids so that they are able to receive meaningful and lasting support from the group.

  • History:
  • Camp LUCK, (which stands for Lucky Unlimited Cardiac Kids), began when the passions of four people merged. Jay “Bird” Thompson and René Herlong had a vision of creating a summer camp for children with significant heart disease. They pitched this idea in 2008 to a meeting of the family support group, Levine Cardiac Kids (which has since merged into Camp LUCK). At that meeting, they learned that they had two very enthusiastic partners in Kim Jackson and her son, Jacob. Jacob had been to a similar camp in California, and he and his mother were eager to provide local kids with a similar opportunity. This melding of passions was the spark that ignited others to join in on the effort, and Camp LUCK family camp was born.
    Family Camp was an introduction to the idea of a Kids Camp for the families in Levine Cardiac Kids, and it was a resounding success. After our first family camp, we formed a steering committee and began the hard work of creating a Kids Camp. In December 2010, several months after our first Family Camp, Jacob Jackson died after his last of many surgeries for his heart defect. The Camp LUCK community was devastated, but we all knew how much Jacob wanted to have a Kids Camp for his friends with heart problems. Jacob’s death turned that spark into a bonfire! All of us were re-energized to create this camp as Jacob’s legacy, and the steering committee quickly moved to form Camp LUCK as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

    We have since had our fourth Family Camp and our second Kids Camp will be this summer. We had over 70+ kids for Kids Camp in 2012 (approximately 70% of capacity)! Jacob has been with us every step of the way. His initials are on our logo, and his memory is forever in our hearts. We believe that there is no finer legacy than Camp LUCK. We have brought joy to many kids and their families, and we’ve only just begun!

  • Year established:2010
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:11
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:9


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:27-4174759

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:274174759
  • Organization Name:CAMP LUCK INC
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 5159
  • Organization City:CHARLOTTE
  • Organization State:NC
  • Organization Zip:28299-5159
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:December, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:N20
  • Asset Amount:$376,638
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$294,629
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$246,179
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 6:54:01 am

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