YouthZone’s Kiss-n-Squeal it’s not really about pigs |

YouthZone’s Kiss-n-Squeal it’s not really about pigs

YouthZoneMary Jean CarnevaleGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It’s the time of year when things go pink around YouthZone. Pink as in pigs, pigs and more pigs. It’s time for YouthZone’s 17th annual Kiss-n-Squeal fundraiser. This is YouthZone’s main fundraiser and a great way in which the community can have a hog-wild good time in support of kids and families. The rules for the fundraiser are simple: Nine community members are serving as candidates. Each candidate vies for votes. Every dollar they collect counts as a vote, and the individual with the most votes kisses a real pig. There’s actually nothing more to it. So, why would anyone put their name on a ballot to kiss a pig? The answer is also simple. These are individuals who believe in YouthZone and the potential of young people to such a degree that they would kiss a pig to prove it. These are true philanthropists. That would be a big word for people who help others through acts of kindness without expectations of anything in return. YouthZone is a community connection to help families and kids develop happier, healthier lifestyles. YouthZone has been around for 30 years. More than 29,000 young people have participated in YouthZone programs. From the doors of YouthZone, young people have spread out across the nation. YouthZone has received phone calls, e-mails, and letters from young adults now serving as counselors in inner city ghettos, school teachers, nonprofit leaders, military personnel, accountants … and the list goes on. As YouthZone uses Kiss-n-Squeal to raise funds for youth and family programs, you can use it as a lesson in philanthropy, a lesson that every young person should learn. As a family or individual, you can find your own unique way of joining in the fundraiser. Some ideas would be: Save coins in a piggy bank for the next month and bring the bank into YouthZone, have a lemonade stand and donate the money to YouthZone, wear your best dress pinks and help YouthZone sell raffle tickets, invite friends over for a pig perfect barbecue and collect donations for YouthZone, buy something on the YouthZone silent auction at, or stop by a candidate fundraiser. Getting involved in one’s community is a rewarding experience, and an experience that every child should have a chance to be a part of. But the experience starts with adults role modeling the process to kids. YouthZone is offering you a chance to put some fun into your philanthropic efforts.The best part about being involved in Kiss-n-Squeal is that you aren’t being asked to kiss a pig. All you have to do is cast your vote before the fundraiser ends Aug. 9.Every dollar you give will go toward youth and family programming. Every dollar you give will help some lucky person get one step closer to kissing a pig. Every dollar you give will come back to benefit you through some young life.Give generously and give often. Remember, it’s not about kissing pigs … it’s about helping kids.Mary Jean Carnevale is YouthZone community relations coordinator.

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