We want to extend another HUGE thank you to everyone who helped make the 4th Annual Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference Fall Festival at El Dorado HIlls Town Center a success! We are so excited to share that through their hard work and planning, the youth planning committee, along with their mentors, exceeded their attendance and fundraising goals for the 2021 event!
Together, the youth and their mentors facilitated a wonderful, family friendly, fun-filled weekend of fall festivities, including a Harvest Maze, Pretty Pumpkins decorating, Hay Rides, a Treat Trot, an FFA Petting Zoo, and loads of farm-themed games. The crisp mornings and beautiful setting on El Dorado Hills Town Center’s lakefront provided the perfect setting for this event that drew over 1,200 kids of all ages.
The planning committee was broken down into four sub-committees, Operations and Finance, Games and Activities, Marketing and Fundraising, and Volunteer Management, that met for months to set goals, plan, market, and implement this event. Their time and effort paid off as they raised just over $20,000 to help fund the Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference programs they are a part of and passionate to see continue.
“I am so happy that we were able to bounce back with the Fall Festival after all the crazy challenges of Covid-19. Our leadership team worked very hard, so it was awesome to see so many people enjoying the event that we spent months planning. It’s one of the most rewarding feelings to think about how many people we can help now using the funds we raised at this event!” said Grace Brasil, Youth Operations and Finance Lead
“It was amazing to see all of this hard work that we put into this project come together and seeing all of the new and old activity come together after a year of not having the event. And to see everyone having a good time enjoying the event, “ noted Ian Hunt, youth lead for the Games and Activities Committee.
We are so grateful to the businesses who sponsored and supported this event: El Dorado Hills Town Center, Doug Veerkamp Engineering, Marshall Medical Center, McDonald's, Freer Realty, Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Mom & Pop Chicken Shop, Lee's Feed, Fergerson Financial, 3 Generations Improvements, Inc., AgreeYa, Nugget Market, Inc, Mechanics Bank, Datwyler Orthodontics, Fehr & Peers, Mercedes-Benz of El Dorado Hills, Frank Vilts Cakes, Crumbl Cookies, Rainbow Orchards, and Barsotti Family Juice Company.
To all of our incredible sponsors, youth and adult mentors who planned and implemented the event, our volunteers who helped run the event, and those who simply attended- we appreciate your support and couldn't have done it without you!