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Carney’s Kids Foundation, through public events and media exposure, will provide financial support and create positive publicity for not-for-profit organizations whose primary goal is to improve the lives of children. We support organizations seeking to enhance the quality of children’s lives by improving; their health, both physical and emotional, providing educational assistance, improving the environments of children living outside a family home, supporting families in need, and provide disadvantaged children with pathways to their own potential.
Carney’s Kids Foundation was established in 2006 after radio personality, John Carney, wanted to focus his energy from charity appearances into fundraising efforts that had a meaningful impact for children.
The organization’s first Executive Director was Joanie Protzel. In 2014, Suzanne Carney assumed the position of Executive Director to support the organization’s transition toward a sustainable vision. In 2015, Carney’s Kids Foundation recruited Kris Parsons to serve as its third Executive Director. Under Parsons’ leadership the organization established key processes, policies, and strategies to help the organization attain financial stability. Mel Weith joined the Board in 2015 and assume the Executive Director’s position in 2017.
Major Programming and Activities (2015 - Present)
CarneyVal – This Spring event replaced former annual fundraiser, Spooktacular. With increased attendance, sponsorship, and auction items, CarneyVal became Carney’s Kids most successful fundraiser to-date.
Giving Tuesday and Give STL Day – Carney’s Kids Foundation participated in two annual giving initiatives coordinated by the Community Foundation of Greater St. Louis. These events focused on online giving to St. Louis-based non-profits.
Major Programming and Activities (2006 - 2015)
Annual Spooktacular – A Halloween themed fundraiser with comedy entertainment, costumes, and a silent auction. All proceeds from the event went directly to Carney’s Kids Foundation partner charities.
Taste of Restaurant Tuesday – A cookbook published by John Carney with highlighting famous recipes from St. Louis local restaurants. All proceeds from the book went directly to Carney’s Kids Foundation partner charities.
American Girl Fashion Show – A charity fashion show themed after American Girl dolls with all proceeds going to Carney’s Kids Foundation.
Individual hosted charities – Other organizations including the St. Patrick’s Day committee, the Corvette Club and Hallmark Stone previously held independent fundraisers with the proceeds going to Carney’s Kids Foundation.
Litzsinger School End of the Year Picnic – Carney’s Kids Foundation’s contributions to the Litzsinger School enabled the school to host an end of the year picnic to celebrate its students and connect with parents. This has become an annual event that is a highlight of Litzsinger’s academic year to celebrate the students that the school serves.