Shaping Futures: The Kids Incorporated Blog

May 12, 2015

We Couldn’t Do it Without a Lot of Help

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53 businesses and community organizations with 153 staff and volunteers provided funding and/or children’s activities…  

13 sponsors who made it all possible…

The Lottery ShowVan and the nice man who set it up so that 148 entertainers representing 12 groups could provide 165 volunteer hours of entertainment…

95 event volunteers donated 499 hours preparing and carrying out a variety of arts & craft activities, games, and other hands-on activities…

Ponies, a  llama and a train that was the little engine that could (and Rod, the wonderful & patient conductor)…

A monster obstacle course-water slide combo & a giant bouncer-slide…

Uncle Maddio’s pizza…Italian Ice…Pepsi products…

Fairy Dust Faces painting masterpieces on children’s faces & Tyger Tales creating works of balloon art…

131 early education & care programs who distributed event flyers to 10,000 families…

Smiles, laughter and an occasional tear or two when parents told children it was time to leave…

And last, but certainly not least, great weather!

This was Kidsfest 2015!

We could not hold Kidsfest without the help of so many wonderful people and organizations!  It truly does take a village!

When all was said and done, it took almost 3,000 people to carry out this annual event and make it a success!  The time and materials donated is valued at slightly more than $47,400! This in-kind value enables Kids Incorporated to draw down $189,600 in Early Head Start funding so we may continue to provide high quality, comprehensive services to at-risk children from birth to age 3, pregnant women and their families.  

The fact that so many people donated their time, talents and energy into providing this fun, family festival for our community speaks volumes about the giving nature of the Tallahassee area.  We are grateful to all the businesses and organizations who donate financially as well as with time and products to help Kids Incorporated and all the other community-based organizations.  It’s just one of the many reasons we think we live in a pretty special community.    (P.S.  Special thanks to Mayor Gillum and County Commissioner Nick Maddox and his lovely wife for taking in the festivities! )

Mark your calendars for next year:  Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the N. Florida Fairgrounds.    See you then!  And if you’d like to serve on the Kidsfest Planning Committee, drop us an email at info@kidsincorporated.org. 

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