KidsPeace Foster Care office in Baltimore, MD, will be holding its 2nd Annual 5K Run/1 Mile Walk Fundraiser – aptly named the KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot – will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011. The event will start in Canton, go through Patterson Park and end in O’Donnell Square. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with the race getting underway at 9:00 a.m., and the fun walk starting at 9:05 a.m. There will be prizes for the best times, the best Halloween costumes for individuals and families and pet costumes, but all participants and volunteers will be winners because they will be helping KidsPeace foster children who live Baltimore and its surrounding communities.
KidsPeace is delighted to report that the Honorary Chairs of this event are Board of Associates Member Angela Showalter and her husband Buck Showalter, Manager of the Orioles baseball team.
According to Program Director Diane Sancilio, last year’s event was a huge success, raising more than $25,000 in cash and from in-kind donations and sponsorships from businesses in the O’Donnell Square area. “Business owners arrived at the finish lines with their families to provide crafts for the children, food, beverages and even electricity for the speaker system from one enthusiastic restaurant. All of the merchants and volunteers truly embraced the race/walk and the foster children KidsPeace serves. Many of the sponsors also volunteered to work with our teens to help them with interview skills and internships in the future.”
From employees of the Baltimore, DC, and Virginia KidsPeace foster care offices to staff from as far away as Pennsylvania, volunteers from the Board of Associates that supports the efforts of the office, to local businesses and sponsors, everyone worked extremely hard to make the event profitable and lots of fun for all who attended. Baltimore City DSS continues to be very supportive and an active partner.
Every registrant will be entered into a drawing for prizes. Winners will be selected at the awards ceremony, but must be present to win. There will be Trick or Treating for the kids courtesy of O’Donnell Square businesses and face painting. Parking will be on streets surrounding DuBurns Arena and O'Donnell Square, and there will be great refreshments in O’Donnell Square.
If you are unable to run or walk, please consider volunteering to help on the day of the race.
For more information on participating, volunteering or sponsoring opportunities, please contact Gina Seyfried, 410-964-9329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why We Need Your Help
KidsPeace assists thousands of children by finding them safe, loving homes with caring foster parents in 9 states and the District of Columbia. The Baltimore foster care office is one that offers the KEYS Program (KidsPeace Empowering Youth to Succeed), which teaches foster teens life skills they will need when they age out of the system at 18 and live independently in the community. KEYS teaches them how to handle and save money, apply for jobs, get insurance, stick to budgets, contribute to the community and live successfully on their own.
While the teens learn these life skills, KEYS also provides them with money to save and to donate to good causes. “KEYS teaches these teens to be responsible, lawful and contributing members of the community, and helps them develop positive life skills and behaviors that will last them a lifetime,” says Sancilio. “We want to better the odds for our foster kids compared to the majority of foster kids who have high rates of homelessness, substance abuse, incarceration, and teen pregnancies,” Sancilio continues.
The foster families who attended and volunteered last year were amazed at the magnitude of the race and the community involvement on their behalf. One of the foster children summed it up by saying "Wow, This is all for us!" Please join your friends and neighbors in this fun day for the entire family.