Three Rivers Festival ParadeJuly 2018
In July of 2018, Kate’s Kart walked for the sixth year in a row in the Three Rivers Festival Parade. We received the Admiral Andy's Trophy for "Most Appeals to Children Float"!! It's a great year to celebrate birthdays! Kate's Kart is 10 years old and the Three Rivers Festival is 50 years old. Going along with the theme of the Three Rivers Festival 50th birthday, we chose to decorate a huge 10 foot high 4 layer cake with layers of books and sprinkles! We celebrated in style during our walk down the parade route with parents, grandparents and kids tooting party horns and waving birthday streamers. What a great year!
Other Kate's Kart Events
Barnes & Noble Holiday Book DriveNovember - December 2017
Each holiday season, we are honored to be chosen by Barnes & Noble as the recipient of their annual Holiday Book Drive. From November through December, customers of the two Fort Wayne locations are asked to purchase a book for Kate’s Kart. Together as a community, we are hoping to collect over 5,000 BOOKS to stock our many karts.
Festival of TreesNovember 2017
Every year, volunteers design and decorate a tree that shares a little bit of our story. This past year, our tree focused on first Christmases...the ones that give us those wonderful Christmas memories. Although the tree is on display at the Embassy during the week after Thanksgiving, we are fortunate to have it in our office the entire year long. Stop by and catch a glimpse the next time you are in the area.
Ice Cream SocialJune 16, 2018
Each June, Kate’s Kart hosts it’s largest fundraiser as a ice cream social. This event, geared for families includes free ice cream, games, inflatables, costumed characters, pony rides, and much more. Corporate, business and individual sponsors make this free event possible, along with providing additional funds to support the purchase of new books.
2017 Colored Pencil DriveAugust 2017
In August of 2017, Kate's Kart issued a challenge via social media for 120 people to donate 10 boxes each of Crayola Colored Pencils. We were hoping to receive 1200 boxes to increase our supply to accompany our adult coloring books which are so popular with or teen age children. The Kate's Kart community came through donating 1341 boxes! That's 1341 smiles in our hospitals. Thank you!
2016 Crayon DriveAugust 2016
In August of 2016, a challenge was extended on social media for 100 people to donate 20 boxes of Crayola Crayons. It was an attempt to increase our crayon supply for our coloring and activity books while they were on sale for Back To School. The Kate’s Kart Community blew this goal of 2,000 boxes out of the park! Over the course of a month, well over 5,000 boxes of 24 pack Crayola Crayons were donated. It was so fun to watch all the crayons come in and for our tower of crayons to grow and grow.