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Record Turnout at Kids Are Heroes Day 2012
Heroes came from 9 states and some from Canada to celebrate their charities and network with each other.
Kids Are Heroes Day is an annual event co-hosted by the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick Maryland, and the Kids Are Heroes nonprofit organization. This year the event occurred on Saturday, October 27. Heroes from the Kids Are Heroes website flock from all over to showcase their charities, deliver speeches, express themselves artistically and bond with each other. Many of them will become leaders in a few short years and the event helps them build their networks at an early age, and practice their public speaking and interaction skills.
This year was highlighted by a visit from Allisyn Ashley Arm, an actress from Hollywood who has starred in shows such as Disney's "Sonny with a Chance" and "So Random". She delivered a heart-warming motivational speech to all the heroes and then started a spontaneous flash mob to the delight of all the heroes. The attendees of the event enjoyed the pleasure of a meet-n-greet with Allisyn as she signed autographed photos for everyone who wanted one.
Here is the reaction from some of the parents:
". . . we would drive hundreds and hundreds of miles (and through storms and states of emergencies)
-Janet Mogus and Family
"It was a perfect and inspiring event. We have been around and attended many events, this one was the tippy top."
"We had a wonderful time and I absolutely loved to see the kids dancing and just enjoying the day together. [Our daughters] walked away inspired and ready to make a difference over the next year!"
"We had an amazing time and we'll tell everyone we know about that!"
The event was sponsored by Kibooku (http://www.kibooku.com), a safer social media site for kids. Also offering their services pro bono were Leify Green who penned and debuted his original Kids Are Heroes song, John Waire from the Wairehouse, Mary Kate McKenna Photography, David from Spence Photographics, Jennifer from A Touch of Class Limousines, Bob Carney Photography, and DJ Patrick from Capital Entertainment LLC.
Kids Are Heroes® is a non-profit that empowers, encourages and inspires children to become leaders through volunteerism and community involvement. They do this by showcasing and supporting children who are making a difference through their selfless acts of giving. Their mission is to get kids involved in volunteering as they believe it provides a pathway toward leadership and compassion for all children. For more information, visit http://www.kidsareheroes.org.