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KidsPeace Soccer Tournament a Huge Success

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On August 21 and 22, KidsPeace in Orefield, PA, hosted a wonderful community event - the 13th Annual KidsPeace Soccer Invitational. Some 87 teams participated and played great, competitive soccer. Congratulations to the winning teams, which included:
  • Girls - PASC Premier and WVSC for Under 10; PASC Rockets and WVSC 99 Navy for Under 11, WVSC for Under 12, WVSC 97 Girls and GCVSA Cosmos for Under 13; Palisades for Under 14; Danubia for Under 14/15; and Bethlehem Soccer Club Under 14 for the Sportsmanship Award.
  • Boys -- PASC Premier and WVSC 01 Boys for Under 9; Triboro for Under 10; WL United and WVSC 99 Boys for Under 12; Southern Lehigh for Under 13; Muhlenberg and Pottsgrove for Under 14; MUSC Strikers for Under 15; and FC Freedom Under 12 for the Sportsmanship Award.


The real winners were the members of TeenCentral.Net, the anonymous, free website offered by KidsPeace to teens around the world where they can log on and work out their problems and concerns with advice from Master's and PhD level counselors. The site also gives teen members a safe place to add comments to other teens' posts, which do not go live until they are checked by counselors, learn about celebrities who may have experienced similar issues while growing up, read news that is relevant to them and visit pages that provide honest information about weight disorders, domestic abuse and smoking.

KidsPeace would like to thank Verizon for sponsoring the tournament, as well as the celebrities from Channel 69 News, B104 and WLEV 100.7 radio stations. We would also like to thank Susan Corbett, wife of the candidate for Attorney General Tom Corbett, for attending the tournament and touring KidsPeace facilities. The Corbetts are big fans of TeenCentral.Net, and Mr. Corbett is focusing on Internet safety for kids, which TeenCentral.Net certainly represents.


The tournament ran very smoothly and more than 4,000 people visited our campus that weekend and enjoyed the beauty of our facilities and the feeling of community that prevailed during the games. KidsPeace would like to thank all of the associate volunteers who helped with setup, helping visitors and cleanup after the games. We would also like to thank the many kids from our programs who did an amazing job helping visitors and participating in all aspects of the weekend.


KidsPeace received very positive feedback from coaches and attendees on the way the tournament was run and how well they were treated by everyone from KidsPeace. Next year's tournament will be held on August 20-21, and we hope to attract an even larger turnout for our 14th Invitational.


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Public Invited to Free “Around the World Wine-tasting,” Charity Event on September 23

KidsPeace Foster Care associates and capitol area tastemakers will be gathering in Laurel, MD, on Thursday, Sept. 23, to help local children in need.  A special fundraiser and free wine-tasting at Corridor Fine Wine in Laurel will benefit hundreds of Washington and Maryland children in foster care and adoption programs run by the national children’s charity KidsPeace.


The public is invited between 6 and 9 p.m. to enjoy the evening’s “Around the World Wine Tasting,” featuring upscale wines and champagnes from five countries.  The tasting is free, and 30 percent of all wine sales generated that night, as well as all silent auction proceeds will be donated to KidsPeace.


“This event is for people with a thirst, not just for the finer things in life, but for helping children, many of whom don’t have even the basics such as a home and a loving adult to guide their way,” said Steve Faith, Vice President of Wine Operations for Corridor Fine Wine.  


“It’s not every day you get to take a trip around the globe,” according to Diane Sancilio, KidsPeace Manager of Foster Care and Community Programs. “And at the same time do a world of good to benefit our children.”


Save the date and plan to attend to feel good while doing some good and benefit hundreds of children in the Baltimore and Washington areas. The event is on September 23 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at 3321 Corridor Marketplace, Laurel, MD 20724. For directions, call 301-617-8507.

KidsPeace Reaches Out to Community at Musikfest

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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.

KidsPeace Opens Campus To 3,000 Cheering Fans and Supporters

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84 Teams Converge to Raise Hope, Funds for Local Charity

 at 13th Annual KidsPeace Soccer Invitational


Free Admission for Public – Proceeds to support TeenCentral.Net

WHAT:     The 13th Annual KidsPeace Soccer Invitational

More than 80 teams will bring 1,000+ players and hundreds more fans and neighbors intent on having a good time and raising money to benefit 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 and information about domestic violence, obesity and smoking cessation.



Admission is free, so come on down, pull up a chair, and maybe buy a t-shirt or a hot dog in support of this annual event.  There will be fun games, music, visiting attractions, food, and activities.  Verizon Wireless is the tournament sponsor.

WHEN:     Saturday & Sunday, August 21-22, 2010

Exciting kicks, blocks, and goals from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm both days

B104 Crew & Bee – Saturday from Noon to 2:00 pm.

WLEV 100.7 FM – Sunday from Noon to 2:00 pm

WFMZ TV 69 and interactive fun for kids, 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m., both days

WHERE:       KidsPeace Orchard Hill campus, 5300 KidsPeace Drive, Orefield, PA 18069

                  (DIRECTIONS:  From I-78 take Rte 309 north 7 miles, turn left on Old Packhouse Road.

Campus is ahead on left).  For weather information, please call 610-799-8315.


“Come on down and support local kids and the team of your choice,” says KidsPeace President & CEO Will Isemann. “And for two straight days, everyone will be a winner!”

SPECIAL NOTE:  In addition to great competitive soccer, there will be a coaches’ clinic on Friday, Aug. 20 conducted by Fernando Carrizo, head coach of the Northwestern Lehigh High School Varsity Boys Soccer team and assistant coach of the FC Sonics. The clinic has a minimal fee and is open to all participating coaches and to coaches who do not have teams in the tournament.  Sessions will be conducted from 5 to 8:30 p.m.  For more information or to register, contact Jenelle Perich at 610-799-8493.


KidsPeace Foster Care Office Crusades for Kids

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KidsPeace operates Foster Care and Community Programs offices across the country. While referral agencies attempt to achieve permanency for these children through placement with other family members, they still have many children to place in treatment foster homes with highly trained families like those recruited and trained by KidsPeace.


With shrinking tax revenues and diminishing funds to take care of the needs of foster children in care, KidsPeace associates often feel frustration with having sufficient families to meet needs of referred children. Program Manager Jennifer Brown of the KidsPeace Merrillville, IN, FCCP office has decided to be innovative in motivating and encouraging her eight-person team of associates.


Jennifer has created two award programs that she bestows on her dedicated staff members: the Pit Bull Award and the Crusader Award. These recognitions encourage associates to fight their daily battles fearlessly, and to be strong advocates for the children in the Foster Care program.



“People who work with me have always characterized me as a pit bull because I fight hard and never give up on getting as much assistance for our children as possible,” Jennifer said. “This gave me the idea for the Pit Bull award, which is presented to an associate weekly.” The initial award is a Pit Bull pin with the associate’s name on it, and subsequent awards include adding dog bones to the pin, a dog bone bracelet and a dog bone tiara.


The Crusader Award includes a helmet, sword, breastplate and shield and has been given only once so far to Jen Gaskill for sticking with it and winning the battle for a particularly difficult case. The other associates are now vying for the honor of taking the Crusader gear from Jen and claiming it as their own.


“I believe that this is a very positive incentive that has everyone excited about our ‘Save a Kid Challenge’ campaign that is both fun and empowering,” Jennifer said. She has gone to the community for prizes, and businesses have donated manicures and haircuts, with more to come.


This was Jennifer’s plan to build resiliency among the associates who deal with frequent policy changes that send children home too soon only to see them back in crisis and in need of another foster home. Congratulations to Jennifer for being innovative and encouraging to the associates in her office.

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