On Saturday September 14th family and colleagues gathered at Highland Shores Children’s Aid to remember Ken Sykes and raised $10,000 for The Children’s Foundation Reach for Success Bursary Awards Program.
Ken was an active member of The Children’s Foundation Board of Directors for seven (7) years. Ken was a true champion for children and youth-in-care and was instrumental in establishing our Reach for Success Bursary Program.
The Children’s Foundation Executive Director, Connie Reid remarked, “All funds raised from this event go to our Bursary program.”
Co-Chair & Board Member Sheri Thompson said “I am continuously amazed at the generosity of our community and how something as small as a morning walk can make such a difference for the future of youth in care.”
Co-Chair Andrea Lea commented “We were very pleased with the amount of support that we received for this event. Thank you to all of the community members who supported this great cause. We raised $10,000 that will go directly to supporting children in care who are pursuing post-secondary education. We are looking forward to continuing to grow this event and getting more professionals involved as we would not be where we are today without our education.”
The Children’s Foundation (TCF) has been serving children and youth in Hastings County since 1991, and, in 2015, expanded to include Northumberland & Prince Edward Counties. The Children’s Foundation is an autonomous organization governed by its own Board of Directors and is the charitable arm of Highland Shores Children’s Aid (HSCA). Additionally, TCF offers programs for families who are at risk with no affiliation to HSCA. Programs and services aim to educate and inspire members of the communities they serve and to effect change that bring people and financial resources together to improve the quality of life for at risk children and youth.
If you would like to donate or for more information on our Reach For Success Bursary program, please call us: 613.962.9292
With our 2019 Child Abuse Prevention Month closely approaching, we want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you who have supported this campaign and who will continue to this year throughout the month of October.
If you are looking for a way to participate by having a coin box with purple ribbons, purchasing a Purple t-shirt to support on Go Purple Day.. you can call our office at 613-962-9292.
We are very excited about the participation throughout our communities in Hastings, Northumberland and Prince Edward Counties and hope to see all of you GO PURPLE on October 24th this year.
Together we are #Helpingonechildatatime #ibreakthesilence
The 12th Annual Play A Round for the Kids Golf Tournament Success!!
The Children’s Foundation raised over $9,600 for our Playing for Keeps & Camps of Hope programs to help support children and youth within North Hastings.
Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, donours, volunteers and committee members for what is always a wonderful day!
We look forward to seeing you on the greens in 2020!
19TH Annual Reach for Success Youth Awards Honoured
Achievements of Over 100 Deserving Children and Youth in Care
Today, The Children’s Foundation is celebrating it’s 19th annual ‘Reach for Success Youth Awards’ ceremony. It seems fitting to hold the ceremony at Loyalist College, as a number of the Bursary Recipients will be returning to, or starting their studies at the College this fall. Tonight, we will award 36 Reach for Success Bursaries! We are also recognizing 52 children and youth who will receive a Youth Award to recognize their achievement in one of six categories: Academics, Arts, Sports & Recreation, Volunteer & Public Service, Culture & Heritage and Personal Best.
On Wednesday May 8th, 2019, McDonald’s restaurants in Bancroft, Brighton, Belleville, Madoc, and Quinte West donated proceeds approaching $30,000 for The Children’s Foundation. The funds raised will help send over 170 children from these communities to camp this year.
Ken & Cynthya Schmidt, Owners of McDonald’s in Quinte West and Brighton said, “We are so proud to be a part of this community, and we are especially proud on McHappy Day, because of all the great work that our staff does on our behalf! We want to thank all our guests who came out for McHappy Day; all our volunteers who helped us raise money in our restaurants, and all our fantastic staff who made it all possible. You know, we are truly blessed to live and work in such a great community. The care and support that our customers show for people in need, is wonderful to see, and it really has a way of “making your day!”
“I’d like to thank all the volunteers and staff for their amazing efforts in support of McHappy Day! Their generosity of everyone that visited us on McHappy Day will go a long way in supporting two charities that do so much for families in need!, said Colin & Jodi McLean, Owners of McDonald’s on Dundas St. in Belleville & Past Board Chair of The Children’s Foundation.
“It truly is amazing how supportive our communities are for McHappy Day and on behalf of all the kids, that The Children’s Foundation will be able to send to camp, thank you”, said Sam Brady, Board Chair.
On Saturday, February 23rd Kristin Crowe joined The Children’s Foundation Guardian Angel family as she was honoured, in front of 350 guests, at the Foundation’s Annual Gala that raised a record amount of $156,000! The Guardian Angel Award was created 18 years ago to recognize philanthropic leadership of individual(s) and groups.
Board Chair Sam Brady says, “Our community – and this organization, The Children’s Foundation – is so fortunate to have charitably minded and positive leaders like Kristin Crowe as supporters. Kristin’s popularity is evident in the amazing results achieved and success of our Angel Gala. Kudos to our gala committee, TCF staff, gala sponsors and donors, as well as the many volunteers for putting on this incredible event to celebrate Kristin”
Gala Chair, Aleesha Camp commented, “We are once again amazed and humbled by the tremendous support of the community for our endeavours…”
On behalf of the children and youth of The Children’s Foundation thank you to everyone who supported the Guardian Angel Gala.
On Thursday, July 5th The Children’s Foundation hosted it’s 3rd annual Cruise for Kids at the Picton Harbour. With over 230 attendee(s) over two (2) Cruise’s. Thanks for the generous sponsors & donours in PEC, TCF had another successful year. We would like to thank everyone who attended, donated or volunteered to be involved in this event. We can’t wait to see you on the water next year!!
On Saturday, April 14th, 2018 Danielle Robinson and Jonathan Bodden of the Ottawa Senators Foundation along with Sens COO Rob Mullowney and Vice-President of Communications Roger Lajoie, proudly presented The Children’s
Foundation and four other local charities with a cheque for $25,000 each to support programming that benefits the Bay of Quinte in the areas of health, wellness, education and youth.
The Children’s Foundation Executive Director, Connie Reid is overwhelmed by the support of the new local AHL team and is excited for this partnership and what this will mean for our local children and youth.
The Foundation will utilize these funds for the Playing for Keeps program, which helps to cover the cost of registration fees for local children and youth to be able participate in the activity they love. It is because of amazing partnerships and organizations like the Belleville Senators we are able to help families who are financially struggling.
On Saturday March 4, 2017 Cynthya & Ken Schmidt were honoured as this year’s Guardian Angels in front of a record 330 guests, at The Children’s Foundation’s annual gala that raised a new record of $136,000. The Guardian Angel Award was created 17 years ago to recognize philanthropic leadership of individual(s) and groups and we could not think of two (2) more deserving angels within our community to honour. Congratulations, Cynthya & Ken.
We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank all of our exceptionally generous sponsors and donors and our guests. Please know you are truly directly impacting the lives of so many children locally through your generosity. To our lovely co-chairs, Martha Farrell & Sherry Archer, thank you for the endless hours you devoted into making this special evening shine as brightly as the stars and as our two newest Angels, Ken & Cynthya. Thank you to our wonderful committee and amazing volunteers who helped to make this evening into the success it was. On behalf of our Board of Directors, staff and especially the children we serve, we thank each and every one of you for your dedication and commitment ~ together, we are Helping One Child At A Time!
On Thursday, December 15, 2016 at The Children’s Foundation office, 100 Men Who Care Quinte Members Colin McLean and Ian Press presented The Children’s Foundation Executive Director, Connie Reid and Mark Kartusch, Executive Director with Highland Shores Children’s Aid with a cheque for $9,000 for their Camps of Hope program.
TCF’s Executive Director, Connie Reid Camp said, “So far this year, we have helped over 180 children sign up for a camp. Every year, children in our community enjoy the enriching experience of attending camp they might not have had without the Camps of Hope program.” Camps of Hope helps to pay registration fees for families in need. The Camps of Hope program is available throughout the year including March break, summer and winter breaks and for any type: outdoor camp, arts, day camp, or sports.
Mark Kartusch, Executive Director with Highland Shores Children’s Aid thanked this group for directing their funds to The Children’s Foundation. “At camp, children will learn new skills and build life-long friendships. These experiences help create healthy pathways for all kids. The Foundation ensures that access to that pathway remains open for kids whose families are facing financial difficulties. Thank you to the 100 Men Who Care Quinte group for selecting The Children’s Foundation”.