A Fundraising Celebration to Promote Children’s Rights, Health and Happiness World-wide.
“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ― John Bunyan
On a summer-perfect day over 500 young and young-at-heart traveled from every corner of the tri-state area to raise funds in support of sick and/or disadvantaged children locally and abroad. The festival celebrating the International Children’s Day — a day that promotes children’s rights, health and happiness world-wide was held on June 6 at the Cook County Forest Preserve in Wheeling, IL.
The attendees were treated to a sui generis spectacle as the talented performers joined forces in support of a worthy cause and danced, sung, acted, recited poetry, played musical instruments and performed gravity-defying rhythmic gymnastics. The fun-charged event featured a performance, on a wonderfully decorated stage with flowers out of balloons by Bubbleworld, by an award-winning Russian-American recording pop artist, singer and songwriter Marina V (out of L.A.), with local children’s organizations and solo artists partaking in the celebratory performance. The organizations performing in support of the cause were: Antrakt Theater, Bravo Theater, Gorgasali Youth Dance Ensemble, Kayla Alexis, Michael Kleinerman’s Violin School, Michelle Zaslavskaya, Rhyth Mix Gymnastics, and Schaible Theatre. All-throughout the event and between performances, our wonderful DJ Marina engaged kids with their favorite tunes.
Children also enjoyed a variety of fun activities: Pony Rides, Inflatable Bouncy Houses, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, a special appearance by the renown Shriner’s Clowns, Mini Chess Tournament, Dennis Christie as “The Wandering Magician”, Raffle; and they also had an opportunity to meet some of their favorite characters — Batman and “Alice in Wonderland” from Fairy Castle.
No celebration would be complete without tasty treats. Compliments of our sponsors, children had an opportunity to visit an elaborate and colorful “Sweets Corner” booth by Rodwall Couture Cupcakes, Ice Cream Booth from Lifeway, Pizza Stations from Sarpino’s of Northbrook and Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s, Mediterranean Station from Pita Inn, Beverages from Mariano’s, and Fruits and Beverages from Fresh Farms of Wheeling.
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to sponsors, volunteers, performers and supporters. This event would not be possible without your tireless and valuable contributions!
For more information on Arts4Kids Foundation and/or our future events, please contact us via Arts4KidsChicago@gmail.com.
Until next year’s festival my friends!
Founder Arts4Kids Foundation
Photos by Gabmaster Photography, Lorchique Photography, Studio 226 Media (Photos & Video)
EVENT SPONSORS: Arts4Kids Foundation, American Family Insurance, Becker & Becker, Belmont Trading, Blooming Minds Academy, Bubbleworld, Chas i Podi, Fairy Castle, Fresh Farms, Gabmaster Photography, IKare, Ideccor, Intren, Kedvon Pharmacy, Kontinent Media, Lifeway, Lorchique Photography, Mariano’s, NVC Radio, Rodwall Couture Cupcakes, Russian School of Math (Wheeling), Russian Pointe, Sarpino’s Pizza of Northbrook, STB Law, Studio226 Media, UkieDrive, Wa-Pa-Ghetti’s Pizza
ABOUT ARTS4KIDS FOUNDATION
Founded in 2012, the Arts4Kids Foundation, partners with diverse children’s organizations to create extracurricular opportunities to stimulate and develop the imagination and critical thinking. We aim to create educational opportunities for children through arts that motivate, and engage children in learning; cultivate values, team-building skills, and teach to embrace different cultures and traditions. Find US on FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/Arts4KidsFoundation
ABOUT SHRINER’S HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN
Shriner’s Hospital for Children is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/
BlagoMay is a charitable organization who raises funds for Orphaned Children of Ukraine and/or Ukrainian Children misplaced by the war in order to provide them with basic needs for clothes, nourishment, shelter, and medical care.