On July 3rd, Hands4Hope hosted the Kids’ Zone area at Town Center’s annual Freedom Concert and Fireworks Show, and is happy to report that it exceeded its financial goals for the event! According to our Kids’ Zone Intern, Allison Simko, the event surpassed the committee’s original goal and raised $9,292!
The Kids’ Zone was held in the Target parking lot, and offered bounce houses and slides, cotton candy, drinks, light-up toys, and popcorn. Participants who visited the Kids’ Zone were welcome to purchase a wristband for the bounce structures, or just enjoy food and refreshments (with excellent views of the fireworks show!).
This event is the second largest youth-led fundraiser for Hands4Hope, and helps to fund raise for the organization on a large scale, including the upcoming 2018-2019 program year. This project also allows youth a greater opportunity to hone their project planning skills and work in direct contact with the community in organizing marketing, programming, licenses, communications with Town Center and other vendors, collaborate with sponsors, and organize shifts for other Hands4Hope volunteers. Allison furthered the experience of leading this project in stating, “Leading Kids Zone this year was such a meaningful experience for me. I was constantly in awe of the dedication of everyone working on the planning of this event so it was incredible to watch everyone's hard work come to fruition, not to mention it was super fun!"