Two weeks ago more than 200 people came out to support Kavaliro’s inaugural launch of Kick-off For Kids - an event benefitting the Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) food pantries. Hosted at Orlando’s new upscale sports dining restaurant, Culpepper’s, the event helped raise more than $10,000 and over 1,900 lbs. of food to be donated for local elementary school children.
“The event was bigger than I could have anticipated,” said Lisa Moore, Kavaliro’s Community Relations Director. “It was an overwhelming success.”
In conjunction with the start of a new NFL season, the event was attended by local companies and organizations seeking to improve the community of Central Florida. Among the attendees was former NFL star and UCF quarterback, Daunte Culpepper. The night’s festivities included a raffle where winners received donated prizes and a football squares game with proceeds going to the food pantries. Off the field there were no losers; everyone enjoyed the game even more knowing it was for a good cause.
The Kick-off for Kids event is a continuation of Kavaliro’s longstanding commitment to helping the underprivileged in Central Florida. Inspired by a 60 Minutes documentary on homelessness in Central Florida, Kavaliro has since donated over 17,000 food items to local pantries during the past two years.
“It is easy to forget, that children in our area go to school hungry. For some, their last meal is Friday at lunch and they don’t get to eat again until Monday morning,” Moore said. “There was such a sense of community effort and it was great to see local businesses come together for such a great cause.”
This is just the beginning for Kick-off for Kids; Kavaliro plans to make this an annual affair and is in the process of obtaining 501(c) (3) certification.
The night’s success would not have been possible without the many charitable donors and sponsors. Kavaliro would like to thank the event’s sponsors: Fifth Third Bank, Career Builder, Cyon, Enterprise Rent-a- Car, Michael Galloway & Co., Insurance Office of America, Team J&J, Cisek Capital, Uproar, LoyalSource, Monster, St. Mary Magdalen’s Mens Group, the Moore Family, Pulau Corp., Sysco, the White Agency, the University of Central Florida Alumni Association, Pizzeria Valdiano, SnapShots, the Bailey Group, Problem Solved, the Cecchetti Family, the Gibson Family, Pat’s Liquor, the Paylor Family, Theofiledes family and the Hinton Family.
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