KidsFest San Diego Honoring Chloe Nichols and Jenna Druck
Although I normally spend my time hitting Los Angeles kid events, I’m headed down south to KidsFest San Diego to experience San Diego’s largest, hands-on, creative festival for kids and their families. This weekend-long celebration of the imagination will take place on May 17 – 18, 2014 at Liberty Station in Point Loma. With over 100,000 square feet of interactive fun, dozens of activity stations and 50+ exhibitors, KidsFest is filled with simple, organic, creative play for kids. KidsFest is committed to providing a quality experience for San Diego families. As I dug deeper about the event, I learned about two girls who left us too soon.
The Chloe Nichols Foundation is an organization inspired by Chloe Nichols, an eight year-old girl whose spirit and determination inspires others to reach for and achieve their goals. Chloe was a fiercely determined girl who never backed down from a challenge. She was a very imaginative and creative child who loved stories, art and all things “girly”. She passed away tragically at age eight on August 25, 2009, and yes, she fought all the way to the end. The Chloe Nichols Foundation is a charitable organization established as a college scholarship fund and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Chloe Nichols Memorial Scholarship will be granted each year to one, or more, college bound High School senior who demonstrates superior creativity.
The Jenna Druck Center is a non-profit organization, founded in 1996 by Dr. Ken Druck after his 21 year-old daughter, Jenna, was tragically killed in a bus crash while studying abroad. Today, the mission of the Jenna Druck Center is to transform the lives of young women and bereaved families in our community through our two award-winning programs:
Honoring Jenna’s extraordinary spirit, leadership and strength, Spirit of Leadership provides a path for young women to become leaders in their own lives and their communities through quality, accessible leadership training and experiences.
Meeting the continuing need for grief support services in the community, Families Helping Families provides a lifeline of support and healing for families who have lost a loved one through weekly support groups and monthly education events.
For the past sixteen years, with the help of dedicated staff, Board members, and volunteers, the Jenna Druck Center has had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of people.
::: Messy Zone, for kids who like to get dirty
::: A make and take crafts Creation Station
::: Dance Party for those with fancy feet
::: Green Thumb Zone for future gardeners
::: Build It Construction Zone for the industrial type
::: A costume-design Dress Up Bar
::: Bubble Zone for toddlers
::: And much, much more
Besides enjoying a weekend celebration of the imagination, I’m inspired by these two organizations and how they honor their loved ones. If you are in the San Diego area, make sure you swing by.
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