Charity Partners

We will have two charity partners for the 2013 Emerald City Hoedown.

Camp Ten Trees

Camp Ten Trees is a nonprofit organization offering summer camp sessions in the Pacific Northwest, featuring a week for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied (LGBTQA) youth, and a week for children and youth of LGBTQ and/or non-traditional families.  Since their first session in 2001, they have been committed to developing a camp community that honors creativity, individual choice, and community living.  Camp Ten Trees’ summer sessions and year-round complementary activities are for youth connected to LGBTQ communities and provide opportunities for campers to strengthen inner courage, make new friends, and develop leadership skills through traditional camp programming.

For more information, visit the Camp Ten Trees website.


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is a national non-profit organization with over 200,000 members and supporters and over 350 affiliates in the United States.  This vast grassroots network is cultivated, resourced and serviced by the PFLAG National Office, located in Washington, D.C., the national Board of Directors and 13 Regional Directors.

The Seattle PFLAG chapter provides services and informational materials to other chapters in Washington state.  As our charity partner, we are asking the Seattle chapter to earmark our donation toward reaching people in these underserved parts of the state, many of which are the more rural regions from which country-western dance and music draws its own roots.

For more information, visit the websites for PFLAG (national) and the Seattle chapter.

Camp Ten Trees and PFLAG volunteers will staff portions of the weekend events.  Proceeds from segments such as the silent auction and coat check will go directly to these charities, plus a split of other event proceeds will benefit the organizations.