Community Partners of Dallas’ creative juices are flowing for the 14th Annual Change Is Good. The basics are still the same — kids collecting money to support CPD’s mission “to change the lives of abused and neglected kids.”
Only this year with the COVID-19 restrictions clamping down on get-togethers, the usual fundraiser with bounce houses and munchkins dancing and playing together had to be “re-imagined.” The result was a remarkable restructuring of the funding and fun.
According to CPD President/CEO Paige McDaniel, “We know that these are unusual times, but we also know that COVID-19 hasn’t slowed the hearts of the amazing kids and families who support Dallas County’s abused and neglected children in this special way. We are so thrilled we can still carry forward the spirit of this fun day and provide a way for kids to make a positive impact for others.”
While the main event takes place on Sunday, August 2, families can pre-purchase a box “that includes all the supplies for everyone’s favorite Change Is Good activities.”
The boxes come in two sizes —
- $100 box has all supplies needed for two kids to participate in Zoom activities and the official Change Is Good T-shirt
- $250 VIP box includes all the $100 box goodies as well as extra summer fun treats for both kids and parents. (Limited number)
On the big day, folks can pick up their boxes from 1 – 2 p.m. for the event that will get underway at 3 p.m. a la Zoom with activities (the Rad Hatter hat making, balloon twist lessons, paper airplane designing, craft time, etc.), a gallery of the T-shirt entries and the announcement of the winning artist. The location of the pickup will be provided “upon registration.”
To make the collection of the coins fit in with the virtual feel, a personalized page will be set up for youngsters to provide friends, neighbors, relatives and all types of folks to support the drive to raise the most money. For each $10 raised, a prize drawing ticket will be awarded to the coin collector.
To bolster the incentive to get change, The Weems Family (aka Virtual Change Match sponsor) has “made it possible for those who raise the first $5,000 through their online pages to receive double prize drawing tickets” for possibly winning “Rollplay VW Beetle, Apple AirPod Pros, Nintendo Switch Lite (gray), American Girl package featuring Joss with an array of accessories and a Backyard Fun package including a Ninja Warrior obstacle course, Spikeball competition set, bumper balls, inflatavle sunshine sprinkler and a rocket ship play tent.”
At the conclusion of the Zoom event, the 2020 top three online fundraisers will be revealed as well as the drawing for the prize winners.
This year’s sponsors include the Katy and Kyle Miller Family Foundation, Honorary Co-Chairs Sandy and Barry Moore with their children Ryan Moore and Kennedy Moore, Sewell, Thanksgiving Tower, The Weems Family, Kerrie and David Johnson, Shawn Cleveland/BakerHostetler and Marybeth and Kevin Conlon along with their children Luke Conlon and Quinn Conlon.
* Graphic provided by Community Partners of Dallas