The TOCO Story
TOCO began fourteen years ago when The Shelter Shop, a thrift store that supported The Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois, burned to the ground. We decided we needed to act fast to help rebuild the shop. Through a music benefit at Twin Oaks Golf Club in Carlyle, Illinois, we started Twin Oaks Camp Out (TOCO) to raise funds for The Shelter Shop. We all had so much fun that weekend, we realized that this was something we could do every fall to help the raise awareness and funds for community organizations in need. Little did we know, that TOCO would build the idea and the mission and fourteen years later we are proud to say we empower children and families in need! The support from local artists AND musicians in the community, many of whom donate their time out of the kindness of their hearts, and folks like you who continue to support TOCO efforts, We have been able to raise thousands of dollars to help bring education and enrichment to the public regarding the health and welfare of families and children. With over 14 years of service TOCO owes a huge thank you to Kim Vrooman, founder and previous Executive Director, for her dedication and continued support throughout the years!