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Nonprofit PEI Kids Throws a Kids’ Summer Celebration Barbecue Bash

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, PEI Kids hosted a party for over

100 local children and families.

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Executive Director Roz Dashiell (standing), with guests of PEI Kids’ Summer Celebration party

Lawrenceville, NJ – August 19, 2015 – In the warm summer air last Wednesday evening, August 12th, over 100 local children and families gathered on the grounds of Lawrenceville-based nonprofit PEI Kids for its Kids Summer Celebration Barbecue Party – part of the agency’s 30th anniversary celebration. The event was produced at no cost to the agency thanks to the in-kind services donated by Global Planners, Inc. (GPI) – a Hamilton-based event planning firm.

Donated services included barbecue food and beverages, donated by Buzzetta’s Festival Foods, along with entertainment, carnival games, contests, and prizes, arranged and donated by Global Planners Inc. (GPI).

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Guests line up for traditional fare — hotdogs, hamburgers, and funnel cake — at PEI Kids’ Summer Celebration party.

Planning for the event began in June when GPI contacted PEI Kids after learning about the prevention and intervention work the agency does to protect children from violence.  GPI expressed interest in working with the agency as a meaningful way to use their expertise to give back to the community.  At the same time, Roz Dashiell, Executive Director of PEI Kids, was looking for a way to produce a fun kids’ event to celebrate clients of the agency, but needed additional resources and personnel support to bring it to fruition.  After six weeks of planning and a generous budget donated by GPI, the Kids Summer Celebration party was produced at no cost to the agency.

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PEI Kids’ Executive Director, Roz Dashiell (center), with Buzzetta’s owner, Robert Buzzetta (far right), and GPI President/CEO Megan Buzzetta (2nd from right), event planner Kelly Connolly (3rd from right), and the GPI support team (left).

In addition to providing food, tents, tables, attractions and prizes, GPI provided a staff of 20 team members to assist with activities.  Guests enjoyed spin art, sand art, tattooing and face painting indoors along with carnival games, dancing and hula-hooping outdoors. The big attraction of the night was a hula-hoop contest for kids of various age groups.  Dashiell stated, “I had no idea that the hula-hoop was still such an attraction for kids today.  Simple, unfettered fun is a timeless right of childhood, and fun makes for a good family gathering. These children and families are truly part of our PEI Kids family. “

In addition to the festivities, families were given $20 gift cards to local clothing and shoe stores to help with back-to-school shopping thanks to PEI Kids’ Board of Trustees whose members donated funds to purchase the gift cards.  Dashiell added, “I am so moved by the participation of everyone involved in this event. It is our privilege to be able to offer a trusted, safe place where families are happy to bring their children for good summertime fun — especially these lovely families and foster families who should be acknowledged for all they do to keep our children safe every day.”

About PEI Kids
Since 1985, PEI Kids’ mission has been dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children by providing Prevention/Education and Intervention programs relating to personal safety; sexual abuse; bullying, anger management, gang prevention, and the overall well-being of the child. Currently serving approximately 14,000 children and their families annually, PEI Kids provides school-based prevention workshops reaching over 13,000 students, teachers and parents on subjects including child assault and sexual abuse prevention, bullying, and internet safety.  Since 2011, PEI Kids has been the lead agency for Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse which spearheads the Enough Abuse Campaign in Mercer County  — an effort which has trained over 1,500 Mercer County adults in how to prevent, recognize and respond appropriately to child sexual abuse.  PEI Kids’ intervention services include crisis counseling for child victims of sexual abuse, as well as anger management and a juvenile offender diversion program for adjudicated and at-risk youth. PEI Kids also provides transportation and supervised visitation for children in foster care and their families. To learn more about PEI Kids and how you can support them, please call 609-695-3739 or visit www.peikids.org.

About Global Planners, Inc.

Global Planners, Inc. (GPI) is a professional event planning firm which provides a superior level of service and specializes in corporate meetings and conferences, association events, educational seminars, and incentive trips.  GPI’s event management services include meeting venue selection and contracting, event registration websites, registration management, food and beverage planning, business session planning, on-site management, and a mobile app for electronic event check-in (with or without signatures), name badge scanning and lead retrieval.  Global Planners is s a Woman-Owned Enterprise certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

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