Stepping Out for Step Up: the 2015 Step Up for Kids Auction
2 May 2015
6:00 pm-8:30 pm Located at: 'Tis Art Center and Gallery
Event will raise funds to establish family gathering place in Prescott
(Prescott, Ariz.) In many ways, the Prescott area is a great place to raise children: crime is low, the area boasts a number of award-winning schools and the pace of life is easygoing. But, one thing is noticeably absent from the child-rearing scene in the Quad Cities: a place for families to go to access community resources, seek peer-to-peer parental support and let children play in a fun, safe environmentâ€”all in one spot.
Thatâ€™s where Step Up for Kids comes in.
Step Up for Kids, a local nonprofit organization that offers direct support for new parents, is in the planning and fundraising stage of creating such a resource right in the heart of Prescott. Called The Parent Co., this family gathering place will support parents and their young children across the Quad Cities. The vision for the space is to have both indoor and outdoor gathering and play areas, a kiosk of information on child- and family-related resources in our area and a place for hosting parent and family education and support activities.
But in order to bring The Parent Co. to fruition, Step Up for Kids needs the communityâ€™s support. A location for The Parent Co. has not yet been secured, though several spaces are currently being evaluated for the possibility of purchase, new build or leasing.
To kick off the fundraising campaign, Step Up for Kids is hosting a silent auction event in May where an array of more than 60 hand-decorated stepstools, among other items, will be available for bidding. (The stepstools, which Step Up for Kids has been creating and distributing for nearly 10 years and gave rise to the organizationâ€™s name, are built especially for use by children to wash their hands in bathrooms at restaurants and other local businesses as a means of empowering them to learn independence, good habits and good hygiene.)
Stepping Out for Step Up: the 2015 Step Up for Kids Auction will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the â€˜Tis Art Center and Gallery in downtown Prescott. Guests will enjoy catering by El Gato Azul and music by Matt Jackson as they peruse auction items from local restaurants, shops, artists and merchants.
Tickets for Stepping Out for Step Up are $50 per person (a portion of which is tax-deductible) and may be purchased by going to www.stepupkids.org. Proceeds will support the purchase or lease of a space to house The Parent Co.
Step Up for Kids, founded in Prescott in 2009, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides social, emotional and practical support for new parents and their young children. The organization works to foster community health and reduce post-partum depression through initiatives like a mom-to-mom peer support program and a project to place stepstools in local public restrooms to empower childrenâ€™s hand-washing.
Organization: Step Up for Kids
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