Sarah Kong with kids Gracie and Owen
Community Partners of Dallas kicked off the 10th Annual Change is Good on Saturday, August 20 with a celebration and day of volunteering for event sponsors and members of the event’s host committee.
Chair family Lindsay and Ray Ballotta with kids Caroline and William, welcomed nearly 100 attendees for a day of fun. As families arrived, they were encouraged to create their own design for the annual t-shirt, which will be unveiled at the upcoming September 25 event. With “10th birthday” as the theme, participants of all ages showed their artistic talents with their original designs.
Midway through the event, president and CEO Paige McDaniel welcomed everyone and thanked event sponsors, then gave special recognition to the Change is Good chair family, the Ballottas, as well as honorary chairs Larence and Beth Park. She also thanked all the kids for working so hard over the summer as they collected change to help change the lives for other kids – whether they emptied their own piggy banks or raised money online or through other activities. As a surprise, George Horvat (age 10) and his brother Henry Horvat (age 8) made a special presentation to Paige…a check for $300, which they raised from hosting a summer day camp, which benefited CPD. Paige wrapped up by leading the kids in singing “Happy Birthday” to Change is Good, as well as Calum Taylor who was celebrating his 14th birthday on Saturday!
Attendees were then separated by age to help CPD put together hygiene kits and back to school supplies for the abused and neglected children they serve.
The 10th annual Change is Good will be held on Sunday, September 25 from 3 – 6 p.m. at Brook Hollow Golf Club. The fun-filled day will feature activities for all ages, including bungee jumping, obstacle courses, a prince/princess station, a paper airplane zone, a GameTruck, the Rad Hatter, balloon artists, face painting, bounce houses, a DJ dance party and an array of fun birthday activities to celebrate Change is Good turning 10. Participating children and teens will turn in the change they collected over the summer in exchange for chances to win exciting prizes. This year’s prize for most change raised is a 3D printer!
Sponsorships begin at $550 and are on sale now; tickets are $75 per adult and $35 per child and will be available on August 26. For more information visit communitypartnersdallas.org.