This is a public event. Rachel Zevita, from seasons 6 and 10 of American Idol, will be on hand as the headliner. She will perform at 1:00PM and also be on hand for meet-n-greets with the public and to sign autographs.
Kids Are Heroes was founded by MaryMargaret in 2008 when she was just nine years old. It is a movement that makes it normal for kids to volunteer. By spotlighting so many stories of children doing charitable acts (they feature 393 heroes from 17 countries on their website) kids start to realize that they too can have an impact. Stories include children drilling water wells in third-world countries, building homes in Haiti, and filling up their local food banks. When other kids read the stories on the website, they pick and choose items from the different narratives to shape their own destiny. Once they have completed their project they themselves become showcased to influence yet another group of children.
"Every year brings us such a magical event", said Gabe O'Neill, MaryMargaret's proud dad and president of the organization. "I just wish everyone could witness it. To see such passion and innocence from all these kids is amazing. No one told them that what they are doing simply can't be done." Gabe continued, "It's not just about doing great things for others. These children are accumulating skills that are lacking in some adults. They are one by one becoming compassionate leaders."
Said one hero mom about last year's event: "We would drive hundreds and hundreds of miles (and through storms and states of emergencies)
Here is a pictorial montage from last year's event.
For more information, visit kidsareheroes.org.