Hi my name is Emily Kass and I am the founder of KCP. It all began the summer of 2005, when myself and 3 friends decided to put on a show in my yard to raise money for the American Red Cross. We realized that day that this was something we wanted to do every summer. Going forward, we decided to shift our focus to helping kids in need in our own home town. It was then that Kidz Charity Productionz was born. By the second year my brother and many of the kids on my block wanted to help out too. From there it grew, recruiting kids from our schools and town. Each year something new was added like carnival games, raffles and food. With every year that passed, more and more of the community got involved, even local businesses. I am grateful to my parents for opening up our home for the hundreds of people that attend every year. I’m also thankful that I had the support and guidance from my parents to teach me, especially in the early years, about the importance of helping others. A lesson I hope I passed on to the dozens of kids that participated each year. It takes a village, and that village is my extended family on Magnolia Lane. I couldn’t have done it without them and my family. After 9 years, I passed the torch on to the kids that are still the head coordinators to this day. Im so proud of them for not only keeping the event going, but growing it even more every year.
Hi im Will Kass and I’ve been part of KCP for as long as i can remember. My sister founded KCP in 2005 and its been part of my life, my family, my home, and my community ever since. I worked behind the scenes, doing tasks spanning from making posters and carnival games to gathering sponsors and promoting the event. I take pride in the success of our fundraiser, after months of preparation, leading up to the big day everything falls into place. My favorite part of the event is at the end, where all the participants come together to sing “We Are The World” knowing that soon enough, an appreciative family will be receiving the proceeds from that day. When the night is over, we're done cleaning up, and we’re exhausted from the months of preparation, we know all of the work was worth it. Even though what we raise that day may only put a dent in our sponsored family's medical bills, at least they know that their community is there for them.
We all grew up with KCP on Magnolia Lane and looking back I wouldn’t have had it any other way.