A relatively new addition to the list of activites hosted by Star Duck, laser tag and and mini golf have quickly become a couple of the more popular events for the kids and voluntters alike. Many thanks to the crew at Louisville's Laser Blaze. For the second year in a row they have been very gracious with their time and facilities. <\p>
Every year Star Duck hosts kickball, dodgeball, football and other games with the kids at St. Joe's. This winter has proven to be particularly cold so for the thrid year in a row Star Duck hosted a day of bowling. <\p>
For the third consecutive year Star Duck hosted the St. Joe's Christmas Party. This year featured a hot chocolate station, cookie decorating, games and, of course, presents from Santa. Each child submitted a wish list in advance of Santa's visit -played by Star Duck's own Robert Woodford-so they were able to get what they wanted for Christmas. <\p>
Star Duck was very fortunate to receive a grant from Louisville finance firm Cullinan Associates to pay for all the gifts the kids received. <\p>
Though individually we have been serving St. Joseph's Children's Home for many more years, the summer of 2012 marks our 5th Anniversary as an official service organization. We have seen many great successes in this period, though certainly our proudest moments have been the countless times we have spent happily interacting with the children who need it and enjoy it so greatly.
It is in celebration of these five years - and our continuing commitment to provide the children of St. Joe's with positive male interaction, birthday celebrations, necessary goods and the simple experiences which every child deserves - that we announce our Five Year Fundraiser Campaign.
The campaign will culminate in a keystone evening of food and drink at Germantown's favorite new restaurant, Eiderdown on Monday, July 9th. Tickets, which are very limited, will be $50 and include a dinner chosen and prepared by the chef at Eiderdown, as well as drinks. There will be a very short presentation with dinner at 7:30 and a silent auction for the duration of the evening. Doors will open at 6pm.
If you are interested, we encourage you to act fast, by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by reaching out to someone you may know on the board.
We can accept payments of cash, check, and credit card through paypal on this website.
A heartfelt thanks to James, Heather and crew at Eiderdown Restaurant for their willingness to help us with this event. It will be fantastic.
-Well, actually we haven’t even mentioned our Christmas Party with the kids in December 2011 yet! Not only were there cookies and hot chocolate (with whipped cream, sprinkles and all the fixin’s) but we made arrangements to bring Santa, presents, and a horse-drawn carriage to take everyone around the grounds of the children’s home. This is the second year we’ve brought Christmas to the kids in this way. We believe rather than just giving the home a donation, a unique experience and the opportunity to interact with caring and positive adults is a far more valuable Christmas present. We hope to continue the tradition next year with your help.
-The Birthday Program has continued to be a favorite amongst both the kids and the charity. We can always count on a lovely Sunday afternoon hanging out with these great kids. Pizza parties and Mr. Gatti’s Game Room make us all feel like kids, and taking the kids on a $100 shopping spree afterwards is always a joy to facilitate.
St. Joe’s always tells us that we are one of the few things these kids can count on, outside of the Home, that is consistent and positive and we’re humbled and honored to help. It’s often that we hear about a kid who’s new at the home and he or she can’t wait to meet “the guys who take us out for our birthday party.” We hope to keep this going for a long long time. the kids most certainly deserve it.
-Annually, St. Joe’s hosts a volunteer appreciation dinner to which we are invited. It is a fun evening particularly because the kids who we get to spend great times with actually help prepare the dinner, as well as act as the “wait staff.” But the best part is when they put those roles aside, sit at the table and eat with us and share a great meal. This year we had the treat of sitting with a couple of outstanding kids (who had us in stitches) along with another inspiring community volunteer. We can’t wait for next year!
-The St. Joe’s Picnic in August is of course, a huge day for the home, and as usual, we spend a lot of our energy soliciting donations to help stock not just our booth (The Duckpond!), but other booths as well. We are one of the few organizations actually soliciting donations so as to require no up-front investment from the home. Any money brought in from our prizes at the picnic will be 100% profit for St. Joe’s.
This year we have been incredibly fortunate to have all of the regional Dollar Tree stores collecting throughout the summer on our behalf. With the incredible amount of inventory they have given us, we are guaranteed not to have to spend any of our, nor St. Joe’s money on inventory for the Picnic for this year and beyond.
Vicki Webster, manager of the Westport Road Dollar Tree and a longtime friend of Starduck Charities, is chiefly responsible for this relationship, and for that we are eternally grateful.
-Unquestionably, the single most fun any of our board members have had this year was the day in May when we took the kids from St. Joe’s to Lazer Blaze on Shelbyville Road. It’s safe to say the kids would say the same thing. Together, we played three 20-minute sessions of laser tag and had an absolute blast. Girls and boys from 5-15 were running around with us 30-somethings in the labyrinth wearing our target vests and carrying lasers. But along with that hardware, everyone was brandishing an enormous smile. High fives and congratulatory backslaps were the order of the day! We can’t wait to go back - and we owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the management and staff at Lazer Blaze. Their generosity was staggering.
Also new for 2011 are the very first Star Duck bumper stickers. Many thanks to J.J. Haws at Meme-tech for keeping the price down and William Greene for providing the design. Just ask any board member for your sticker. Also, look for them hanging in Louisville businesses who have supported us over our first three and half years. While you're at it, support the businesses that have supported us.
With the new year comes new projects. And with the help of donors we were successful in purchasing 33 MP3 Players for those residents at St. Joe's who don't have what has become a staple to today's youth. One of our missions is to help these kids live a healthy and happy life, both at St. Joe's and school. Todays kids have all kinds of technological gadgets and these kids should be no different. many thanks to those who helped out. This was obviously a big investment but the expense is well worth it.
Star Duck hosted the first annual St. Joe's Christmas Party. Thanks to your donations we were able host a Christmas party for all the kids at the home. We began with a round of board games while drinking hot chocolate that the kids were able to customize with their favorite toppings. Ike manned the cookie table where he cooked up a number of smores sandwiches. Bags of treats were given out by Star Duck volunteer Rob Woodford to whom we are deeply indebted for being one of Santa's Helpers. Finally, a horse-drawn sleigh took everyone for a tour around the Frankfort Ave. area. The crew at Star Duck are already looking forward to next year's party!
LEO Weekly and 91.9 WFPK has once again stepped up in a big way for Star Duck Charities and the kids of St. Joe's. Star Duck will receive $2 from every ticket purchased at this year's concert to be held Wednesday Nov. 24, 2010 (that's Thanksgiving Eve for those counting) at Headliner's Music Hall located at 1386 Lexington Road. There is great lineup this year in The Whigs, Midnite Sons, and Bad Blood. It should be a fantastic show, and you know how we feel about the cause! Tickets are $12 and may be purchased in person at Ear X-tacy or Wild and Wooly Video as well as online at TicketWeb. Please come by our table and say howdy!
In December of 2009, board members for Star Duck met with St. Joe's administration to discuss our goals for the forthcoming year and beyond. Star Duck board members were taken on a tour of the facility and participated in talks of what St. Joe's hopes to be in the next ten years. The consensus was that the greatest need and therefore the emphasis of our charity should be with activities that involve the residents. In January of this year, the board voted unanimously to not only continue its birthday program that has been a cornerstone since the charity's inception but to develop additional off campus activities that involve all of the St. Joe's residents. This means more fundraising and more donated time from volunteers. We hope that as Spring moves on and we plan more activities that you'll join us by pledging your support. Cookouts, sporting events, movies are all being planned as part of an initiative to become even more involved with these great kids. Check back with the website from time to time to see what is being planned. As always, feel free to email us and ask how you can help.
As was so instrumental to last year's bedding drive, this year's benefit concert presented by LEO, 91.9 WFPK, Mom's Music and MERF will once again donate a portion of proceeds to Star Duck Charities to provide improved residential necessities for the kids at St. Joseph Children's Home. Performing will be Louisville legends Bodeco, the ever-talented Tyrone Cotton, and "whatever-you-want-to-call them-but-wow-are-they-incredible" Liberation Prophecy. The show at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville gets going around 8 PM.
For the second consecutive year, Star Duck was able to give each of the 40 kids at St. Joe's a new swimsuit, a pair of goggles, his/her own towel, and a bag to carry it all to the pool. This was only possible through the your contributions and as much as we are grateful, imagine how much it means to the kids! Since we receive such an overwhelmingly positive response, were even able to spring for some pool toys to be shared among the group. This was well over and above what we initally hoped to do. Just another example of how the response of the community has allowed us to continually do more and more for the kids. Thanks again!
As many of you know, we have been throwing birthday parties for the kids at St. Joseph Children's Home for well over a year now. Recently, we've had to change our long-standing format for these parties due to a change in policy at our former corporate sponsor. This has placed the responsibilty directly on our shoulders to raise the funds for the $100 shopping sprees we supply for each and every child during his/her birthmonth. Not only have we had an incredible response from donors like you to help us continue this great program, but our new format which kicks off the party at Gattiland for pizza, cake, and games prior to the shopping extravaganza has been a big hit.
Remember, this is on-going program that takes place every month and continually requires funding. Every donation helps make this a reality. If you want to make a donation or sponsor one of the parties, please email us or click on the PayPal link at the bottom of this page.
Christmas time is the one time of year needy kids often receive games and toys, while other areas of need remain. That is why Star Duck has made it a tradition to address these other needs around the holiday season. Last year, we purchased a new pair of jeans for every child at St. Joseph Children's Home and this year we supplied every child at St. Joseph with new sheets and pillows. These items were bought with funds raised from the November 29th charity concert (see below).
Forty new cozy blankets were also purchased by Robert Half International, who instead of having their annual office gift exchange, opted to pool their money together and purchase blankets for each of the children at St. Joe's. Many thanks to Jennifer Hannah for coordinating.
Star Duck Charities was the beneficiary of the 1st annual charity concert sponsored by Production Simple, LEO Weekly, Sam Swope, and Headliners Music Hall. Louisville natives turned internationally-acclaimed performers VHS or Beta, along with Broken Spurs and Frontier(s), played to a packed house on November 29, 2008. Many thanks are in order to all the aforementioned sponsors as well as the bands and all who volunteered to make this a huge success. The money raised at the concert was used to buy new bedding for every child at St. Joseph Children's Home.
Star Duck recently teamed with LEO Weekly who has generously agreed to make us and the children of St. Joe's the beneficiaries of a fundraising concert November 29, at Headliners Music Hall. The headlining act will be Louisville's own and internationally renowned VHS or Beta. If you plan on attending, buy a ticket early. This band puts on a great show and has been known to sell out Headliners. We will be there with a booth promoting the charity, so if you are interested in helping please see us at the concert.
Star Duck is also looking for additional sponsorship for our birthday parties. Unfortunately, KB Toy Store has decided to withdraw sponsorship and quit hosting the monthly birthday parties for the kids at St. Joe's and we are looking for orgainizations interested in helping out. For more information on sponsoring birthday parties, please send us an email.
Meanwhile, the charity continues to grow. During November and December, we will be expanding our monthly activities to allow more options for our charity to continue helping kids in need. Be sure to check back for our upcoming events.
March and April proved to be busy months indeed! In addition to the largest birthday party yet, Star Duck was able to purchase a pair of new shoes, a new swimsuit, and a pair of swimming goggles for each of the 40 kids at St. Joseph Children's Home. Funds for the shoes and jeans were raised during our December benefit concert. Special thanks to Sara and Kevin Glogower who helped contribute to the purchase of swimsuits and goggles. An additional thank you to Sara Collins who has graciously comitted to future fundraising endeavors.
Also, thanks to Steilberg String Instruments, Star Duck was able to donate $640 to the St. Joseph Children's Home music program. Steilberg hosted the California Guitar Trio for a special concert and donated all proceeds.