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What's New at KidsPeace

News and Notes from KidsPeace

KidsPeace 25th Anniversary Golf Classic Has Many Winners

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KidsPeace's 25th Annual Golf Classic on June 21 was a huge success that netted more than $54,000 for the KidsPeace Children's Fund, which provides a variety of necessities and gifts for the children in care. This year, there was a huge auction that gave away wonderful prizes to four lucky winners: Mike Marzo of Ambler won both the MINI Cooper and the diamond necklace; Ed Jocham of Annville, won the trip to Rome, Italy; Ernie Stiegler of Orefield won a flat screen television; and Betty Kerber of Allentown won a spa getaway package from Bear Creek. These wonderful prizes were just part of the full day of golf and great food.

The winning foursome scored 61 and included Joe Lennert, Caruso Benefits; Rich Kovacs, Kovacs Benefits Group; Doug Leonzi, National Penn Investments Services; and Kevin Burgess, KidsPeace. There were 144 golfers, but the raffle tickets were sold across the area. The awards dinner was great fun but became very touching when a KidsPeace Foster Care client addressed the group and told his story and warmed everyone's heart with his description of how KidsPeace had changed his life and helped him become the fine young man he is today.

 

Highmark Blue Shield was the tournament's premier sponsor, and event title sponsors were PrintConcepts and Tallman, Hudders & Sorrentino.  

KidsPeace Welcomes Independent Bikers for Christmas in July

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On July 19, KidsPeace was visited by a group of generous motor cycle enthusiasts who accompanied Santa to the Orchard Hills Campus to deliver toys the children in Orefield, PA. More than 75 Members of the Independent Bikers of Pennsylvania group participated in the Ninth Annual Toy Run for KidsPeace. All of the toys, videos and clothing were donated by the club, and more than 50 children were on hand to welcome the group when they rode onto the campus. They children had made banners and signs and were very excited to see their visitors. The riders started off at Marshalls Creek and ended their ride in the KidsPeace parking lot surrounding a sleigh carrying Santa and the many wrapped presents. The children's bright smiles were a great reward for these generous riders.

Independent Bikers

KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs Opens in Chapel Hill, Durham

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KidsPeace has opened a new Foster Care and Community Programs office in Durham, NC, and is inviting government officials, mental health care professionals, foster care providers and interested neighbors to attend an celebration of the opening and a special training on Thursday, July 29. The event will be held at the Homewood Suites by Hilton at 3600 Mt. Moriah Road, Durham, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Tom Culver

State Manager Tom Culver

 

State Manager Tom Culver will present opening remarks and discuss how the new office will be serving the community and the many children in need of therapeutic foster care. He will also explain the process for becoming a KidsPeace foster parent and describe the extensive screening and training KidsPeace provides all foster parents in our programs. He will then introduce guest speaker, Dr. J. Eric Vance, chief psychiatric consultant to the New Hampshire Division of Juvenile Justice Services and former clinical consultant to the mental health office of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, who will present a training entitled, "Practical Applications of Resiliency Theory Treatment Foster Care and Intensive In-Home Services." Dr. Vance's program will assist anyone who provides assistance, support or services to at risk children and families by clearly describing the importance of developing resilience in children to improve their outcomes in foster care.

 

KidsPeace has Foster Care and Community Programs offices in Raleigh, Fayetteville and Aberdeen, NC, and across the country. The new office is located at 180 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, Suite 112 in Durham and serves children from the counties of Durham, Person, Orange and Chatham.

 

For more information on the event and to register for the free training, please call 919-872-6447 or visit us on the web at www.fostercare.com or www.kidspeace.org.

KidsPeace Soccer Tournament ... Still Accepting Teams

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KidsPeace is accepting team registrations for the 13th Annual KidsPeace Soccer Invitational until July 28. This wonderful family event will be held on August 21 and 22 at the Orchard Hills Campus of KidsPeace in Orefield, PA. The proceeds of the tournament will benefit www.TeenCentral.Net, the unique website developed by KidsPeace that allows teens to write anonymous posts about their problems and concerns and receive free online advise from Master's level counselors within 24 hours. The site also contains resources, news, celebrity profiles and solid information about domestic violence, obesity and smoking cessation.

The weekend will be filled with competitive soccer, and every team is guaranteed three games, more if they make the semi-finals and finals. Sponsors are still being welcomed to help defray the costs of the tournament. Please call Sheri Weber at 610-799-8071 for more information on how you or your organization can help sponsor this great community weekend. The tournament is free to the public, so neighbors and friends are invited to visit the KidsPeace campus to join in the fun.

"We also need volunteers to help with registration, marshaling, parking, food and souvenir sales, assisting visitors and setup and cleanup," said Operations Coordinator Jenelle Perich. To offer your assistance for part or all of the weekend, please contact Kelly Fritzinger at 610-799-8370 or Kelly.Fritzinger@kidspeace.org.

In addition to great competitive soccer, there will be a coaches clinic on Friday August 20 conducted by Fernando Carrizo, head coach of the Northwestern Lehigh High School team and assistant coach of the FC Sonics. The clinic is free to all participating coaches and for a small fee to coaches who will not have teams in the tournament. There will be camping on the grounds of KidsPeace for teams and their families, but there are also several area hotels that are close to the tournament and to Dorney Park.

During the weekend, the Verizon Street Team will be on campus as will Schuylkill Valley Sports, radio station personalities from B104 and representatives of WFMZ Channel 69 News. There will be something for everyone during the weekend and all to benefit a very important resource for teens in need of assistance.

 
   
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