Children Enjoy Carnival Games, Rides, Cotton Candy, Music, Face Painting and a Visit from Santa Claus
Prominent attorney, Willie E. Gary, and the Gary Foundation hosted the 14th Annual Kids Carnival at Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida. Hundreds of children from five counties were invited to attend the event to receive toys and enjoy food, Christmas music, carnival rides and a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. The law firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L.L.C. along with AXA Advisors, Inc., Parks and Crump, LLC., Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt, Waters Edge Recovery, Advantage Ford of Stuart, Gary Financial Group and Jeffrey and LaVern Clemmons, graciously sponsored the purchase of over 1000 toys. Many local businesses made financial and in-kind contributions in support of this worthwhile event. Sponsors for the carnival included: The Law Offices of Jean Laws-Scott and Phyllis Gillespie, Michael Haygood, Esq., Stevi B’s Pizza, Bagel Break and New York Life.
Over 20 youth organizations from Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties were invited to bring young people to the carnival to pick out a gift of his or her choice and enjoy the festivities. The Kids Carnival is a highly anticipated event on the Treasure Coast. Since its inception over a decade ago, the Gary Foundation Kids Carnival has been providing toys to disadvantaged youth who otherwise may not receive any presents for Christmas. Attendees enjoyed sno-cones, pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, a bounce house and obstacle course, slides, a rock climbing wall, a video game truck, as well as numerous competitive rounds of musical chairs.
“This is by far my favorite event of the year,” said Gary. “Christmas is about giving to others and making sure that children, who are less fortunate, can also enjoy the excitement of receiving toys.
Given the current economic climate, we have found that there are more children in need than ever before. Kids being kids – that’s what the carnival is all about,” continued Gary. “Our job is to make sure they have fun, and don’t have any worries for the day.”