Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We're going to Disneyland!

Festival of Children Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the happiest place on earth .... Disneyland. To help us celebrate, 10 children's charities will participate in The Carousel of Possible Dreams aboard  King Arthur's Carrousel at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim on November 6th from 7-9am.

Participating charities include:

All-American Boys Chorus
America on Track
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Orange County
Festival of Children Foundation
Girls Incorporated of Orange County
Make-A-Wish Orange County & the Inland Empire
Pacific Symphony
Pretend City Children's Museum
Providence Speech and Hearing Center
Wyland Foundation

Each of these nonprofit organizations has assembled a team of riders ready to take the reins and raise money for their charity's individual dreams.  To learn more about what monies raised will support, or to make an online donation, we invite you to visit   

Festival of Children Foundation would like to thank the Disneyland Resort for making their magnificent King Arthur Carrousel available for our Possible Dream fundraiser.  This is the first time Disneyland's Carrousel has been utilized as a vehicle to raise funds for 10 Orange County children's charities! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Meet the National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassadors!

Festival of Children Foundation has once again collaborated with YSA on the National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador Program.  The year-long Ambassadorship trains youth (ages 16-22) to combat critical issues facing children.  Each Ambassador receives support, advocacy training in Washington, D.C. and planning guidance for their respective service projects.

Fifty-one Youth Ambassadors were selected through a competitive application process, and selected, one per state and the District of Columbia, to create a powerful network of young people who raise their collective voice in service to others. 

The Youth Ambassadors (shown above) each received an all-expense paid, 3-day leadership training in Washington, D.C. and a $1,000 grant to support their service projects in their own communities.  "These teens and young adults are the future of philanthropy," said Sandy Segerstrom Daniels, founder and executive director of Festival of Children Foundation.

The young leaders will spend the year ahead developing and leading cause-related service projects focused on children's issues in their respective communities.  Their issue areas are diverse and specific to the community - from access to educational opportunities to addressing bullying - but their mission is shared:  to create change which raises awareness and positively impacts the lives of young people!