This year's Beach Party was a record breaker for sure, thanks to all our hard-working volunteers and your continuing support. This year's silent auction had an amazing array of items and we thank the local businesses for their contributions.
Susan King lined up a great group of musicians, dancing groups and the Esperanza Azteca group and people were entertained for 6 hours while enjoying the sunshine, beautiful weather and a good barbecue lunch.
Castaway Kid's own Golden Starfish Award was given to Art Moreno for his organizing skills in getting their Thrift Shop up and running and giving us a physical presence in San Carlos. We continue to profit from his expertise and now we're going into our next step by building our own building which will include a Community Education Center.
Thanks were given to the Sanchez Architect group for their floor plans and artistic renderings, which were on display at the event. They are now working on engineering drawings for our new facility, all at no cost to Castaway Kids.
The next award given was our Doug Marshall Community Service Award. This year the award was given to two people-- the co-founders of Clean Up San Carlos, Anne Lewis and Allison Poutiatine; not only for all the clean-ups they've arranged, but for the expansion of awareness about our environment that their efforts and the media coverage have caused. Education is the key to changing habits in the next generation.
I'd like to thank our Thrift Shop volunteers because they are allowing Castaway Kids to continue paying for students' education every day. The Thrift Shop has supported up to 15 students. If a sponsor can't continue to pay for their sponsored student, the Thrift Shop is there to back them up so the student can continue their education. So, anything you're not using at home, bring it to the Thrift Shop and donate, you're helping to keep a student in school.
Castaway Kids will be having a “Spring Cleaning” Donation Drive and the back gate at our Shop will be open on Tuesdays from 11-2:00 to receive donated items, as well as during regular hours, Thursdays & Fridays 10-2:00 and Saturdays 10-3:00. Lots of Snowbirds are heading north soon and this is a good time to clean out your closets and cupboards and bring them down to help in our mission of decreasing poverty through education.