MusikFest is a 10-day celebration of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania, and a wonderful opportunity to hear the music of local and national bands in an easy-going, festival atmosphere. KidsPeace was delighted to be part of this year's Musikfest with a booth that was in a very visible location near the entrance to the children's area, Banana Island, on Saturday, August 14. From 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m., KidsPeace associates volunteered their time to help out at the booth to greet the hundreds of people who stopped by share information about our organization.
KidsPeace set up a karaoke machine that allowed children and teens to express themselves by singing for the crowds. As evening turned to night, more teens and even a few adults came to the booth to stretch their vocal chords. The booth contained many fun giveaways for the kids and adults that sported the KidsPeace and TeenCentral.Net logos. Volunteers also gave away brochures and information about KidsPeace, TeenCentral.Net and Foster Care.
KidsPeace raffled off two beautiful skateboards designed specifically for the event by the very talented Shawn Parker, Manager of Creative Services. One carried the KidsPeace colors and logo, while the other contained artwork that appears on TeenCentral.Net, the anonymous website that KidsPeace offers to teens seeking professional advice regarding their issues and problems. The raffle raised nearly $200 for KidsPeace and TeenCentral.Net.
A dozen KidsPeace and TeenCentral.Net associates from all parts of the organization participated in greeting visitors and talking about their work at the nonprofit organization that has been serving Lehigh Valley since 1882. The best part of the event for KidsPeace associates was thoughtfulness of kids and adults who stopped by to relate how KidsPeace had helped them and their families. Among them, one father stopped to say that KidsPeace had "saved his son's life," a grandmother expressed tearful thanks for turning her granddaughter's life around, and a courageous young man who told volunteers personally how KidsPeace had helped him.
KidsPeace continues to reach out to the community to inform families about how the charity can help children and young adults of all ages and from any background. TeenCentral.Net visits community events, schools, libraries, tv and radio shows and anyplace where they can get the word out to teens about how the site can help them, educate them and give them a place to safely communicate with other teens and Doctor's and Master's level counselors.