A nostalgic night of classic camp experiences and local pours benefiting Camp Encourage.


6:00 to 10:00pm

Support local, quality recreational services for autistic youth in our region at our annual camp-themed benefit.

Studio Dan Meiners

2500 West Pennway Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

We look forward to welcoming you once again to S’Mores & Pours, as we celebrate all that is good about camp and of course, our campers! We plan to welcome you to “camp” with local pours from J. Rieger & Co., Four Hands Brewing Company and Rimann Liquors. Enjoy music, yard games, wonderful company, and an array of auction items. We will come together for a fantastic meal followed by a heartwarming presentation. A live auction and s'mores- inspired dessert will cap off the night as we toast the sweet support that helps Camp Encourage continue its mission.


Open bar and local, in-season dinner capped off by a s’mores inspired dessert

Thoughtfully curated auction items

Live local music with Betse & Clarke!

Event Emcee, Karli Ritter, Fox 4 KC WDAF-TV Meteorologist


Tickets will be released on September 1, 2023. Until then, be sure to mark your calendar.


PAUL & SARA OTTO, Event Co-Chairs

Paul and Sarah Otto are honored to serve as this year’s S’Mores & Pours Co-Chairs.  They have been married 7 years and have two young children, Helena (5) and Caroline (2).  Paul grew up in Overland Park, KS and attended Shawnee Mission East High School. Sarah grew up in Connecticut and fell in love with Kansas City shortly after graduating college. Paul and Sarah are the new owners of Rimann Liquors of Prairie Village. Sarah is a former special education teacher, and currently serves as Executive Director with Case Management Services, Inc. and adjuncts at UMKC.  

Sarah was introduced to Camp Encourage in 2015 where she volunteered on the Events Committee for S’Mores and Pours. She later went on to serve on the Board of Directors until December 2022.  She was drawn to the organization’s mission and the extraordinary leadership of Kelly Lee. Sarah has shared Camp Encourage with many families and professionals she works with because she sees the positive experiences, joy, and sense of belonging camp fosters in youth on the autism spectrum.

S'Mores and Pours is an event Paul and Sarah look forward to each year. They even attended in 2018 when their daughter Helena was just two weeks old. With full support of the Camp Encourage mission, they are thrilled to be part of the magic of camp!

JOHNNY JOYCE, Camper and Event Co-Chair

Johnny Joyce has been attending Camp Encourage since he was eight years old. When at camp, he feels awesome because he is excited to see everyone and is social. When leaving camp each time, he feels thankful for his special time there. And when away from camp, he misses the people because they are always so fun to spend time with. His favorite activities include the carnival, ziplining, swimming and the wagon rides. One of his favorite memories of camp occurred last summer. Due to air conditioning troubles in his cabin. he and his group moved to the lodge which he loved because he felt like he was in a hotel.

It is our honor to have watched Johnny mature through the years and we are grateful he is sharing his heart and leadership by serving as this year's Camper Co-Chair.


Become a sponsor and show your community your support for quality recreational services for youth on the autism spectrum in our region! Click HERE to access a helpful form or select a support level below to learn more about sponsorship opportunities for this event.












Fair market value of individual General Admission tickets is $40, and for Patron level tickets, $50. All tickets and sponsor packages are tax-deductible, minus fair market value of included tickets.