Last Saturday, May 2nd, we hosted a silent auction to raise funds to establish The Parent Co., a bricks-and-mortar family gathering place that will support parents and their young children across the Quad Cities.
By all measures, our inaugural event, Steppin’ Out for Step Up, was a success, making headway towards our goal to create the Parent Co. There is more work to come, but first: a party recap.
The 50 attendees of Steppin' Out for Step Up enjoyed refreshments sponsored by El Gato Azul, desserts by Chelsie Kane, and entertainment by the Rhythm Devils, Matt Jackson and Carlos B. Jones, as they perused auction items from local organizations, restaurants and businesses (full list of artists and sponsors below).
The auction centerpiece was 61 Stepstools beautifully hand-decorated by local artists. These Stepstools, which Step Up for Kids has been creating and distributing for nearly 10 years, are built especially for use by children to wash their hands in bathrooms at restaurants and other local businesses. It’s our way of empowering children to learn independence, good habits and good hygiene, and to make it easier for caregiving customers. More than half of the Stepstools made their way to private homes and businesses, notably Ponderosa Hotels and the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe.
Free childcare was offered by the Children's Garden, just a mile away from the 'Tis Gallery 3rd Floor Banquet Hall.
We are grateful for "high-stepping" event sponsors Citgo Oil, Sarah Edmonds, PhD., Kiwanis Club, Aarti Pani, and Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, all the silent auction donors and artists listed below, and the contributions of Patti Ortiz and the 'Tis Gallery 3rd floor Banquet Hall, Andrea Sorrentino, Lowe's, Foxworth-Galbraith, Yavapai Exceptional Industries, and True Value Hardware.
We appreciate the work of Devin McKinley, Colleen Reckow and the Arcosanti Community, and Taylor'd Communications who served at the core of the event planning. Also notable volunteers include Sonya and Rob Brinkhurst (bartenders), Sadie Sarti (advertising design), Kimberly Powers (event set-up) Donna Carver and Mountain Artist's Guild (MAG Stepstool Paint Coordinator), and Annie Easter (event volunteer).
Attending this event was a tangible way to help us develop the Parent Co.
Another way is to become a member of the Founder's Wall, a project in partnership with the Arcosanti Community to create a one-of-a-kind tile assembly that will proudly feature the names of those who made founding contributions to the Parent Co., details below thanks.
Allison Kantor Minion
Nicole Sorenson King of the Hill
Melissa Slayton Garden is Life
Aspyn Glau Life is Good
Joan Maloney Springtime
Pamela Henry-Walker Sunflower Steps
Pamela Henry-Walker Stepping Stones
Brenda Diller Ladybugs
Brenda Diller Dancing Dinosaurs
Barb Darr Up the Wall
Barb Darr Safari
Barb Darr Girly Girl
Judy Kaufman Wash Your Paws
Judy Kaufman Wash Your Feelers
Cin Hollins Playtime with Monsters
Cin Hollins Playtime with Monsters 2
Robert Zinni Anything is Possible
Jeff Daverman Mandalicious
Melanie Kuhlmann Positivity
Susan Tolley Dancing Dragonflies
Linda Scott Turtle Friend
Linda Scott Rabbit Friend
Patty Lindsey Pollock Jr.
Mary Kaye O'Neil Dreaming
Pat Watkins Cat Box
Marcia Mallicoat Sunshine & Dragonflies
JJ Gould Birds & Blooms
Shari Hancock Big Red
Ron Miller Keep on Truckin'
Alice Gunter Cozy Kitties Mocha and Mango
Terri Carrillo Dreams
Steve Kyle Wash Your Paws
Nancy Claus Clean Hands Feel Good
Karel Armstrong Nature's Babies
Kathy & Dick Sanders The Hoppers
Kathy & Dick Sanders Clouds of Color
Kathy & Dick Sanders Butterfly Garden
Beth & George Lewis LOVE
Nancy Koski & Mathew Frank Little Buckaroo
Lois Eaton Puddles
Carol Hettenback Fantasy Fun
Linda Umphrey Hop Up
Cye Bogman Hawkins Hide, Seek & Peek Arizona Style
Barbara Kimmel-Palmer Puppies and Pals
Marty Orosz Just a Lizard
Gail Holl Jurassic Park
Coriene White Under the Sea
Marianna Smith Happy Days
Vera Sobotka A Little Bird Told Me...
Pam Dunmire Pretty Posies
Donna Carver Dream...Just BE YOU!
Carol Darling Heritage
Jeri Montgomery Step Lightly
Kathleen Williams Arizona Animals
Carol Balazarini All Sizes, Shapes, and Colors
Patrick Harper Round Up
Lyn Delano Color Your World
Mary Schulte Spots
Donna Bobadilla Carnival Step Zoo
Marilyn Bristol Bunny Days
Marlene Markzewski Smile
Sarah Hinson Piano Studio
The Frame & I
Allan's Flowers & More
Sages’ Healing Center
Molly Siregar, LMT
Grand Highland Hotel
Premier Glass Tinting
Thumb Butte Distillery
Salon St. Martin
Mary & Matt Birkel
Peregrine Book Company
Granite Mountain Brewery
Sarah Edmonds, PhD, PLLC
The Residence Inn Marriott
Molly Siregar, LMT
Oak Creek Vineyards
Juniper Well Ranch
Jenny T Designs
Fry’s Food Stores
Prescott Coffee Roasters
Out Of Africa
Stepping Out for Step Up Committee Chairs:
Salli Maxwell, MEd
Chair, Stepping Out for Step Up
Founding Director, Step Up for Kids
Devin McKinley, LMT
Silent Auction Chair, Stepping Out for Step Up
Board Member, Step Up for Kids
Colleen Reckow, HHC
Founders’ Wall and Membership Chair, Stepping Out for Step Up
Board Member, Step Up for Kids
Mary Birkel, MPA
Promotions and Logistics Chair, Stepping Out for Step Up
For information on how to become a part of this project,
please contact Colleen Reckow at 231-690-5902 or email email@example.com
Step Up for Kids is embarking on a project to help strengthen families in our community: the creation of a centrally located facility in Prescott designed for parents to connect, learn and share while their children have a safe space to play. We would be honored to have your insight to help us make our project a reality.
Step Up for Kids is a non-profit organization that works to connect and support parents in the Prescott area. We know that strong families are the foundation of a strong community, and when parents feel connected and supported, the outcomes for their children are improved.
Through this drop in center, parents will have access to community resources, information and education, including a resource information kiosk, parenting workshops, and family activities. In order to generate revenue to sustain the center, as well as make it a more attractive place to meet, we intend to create a café area in which baked goods and other refreshments are for sale.
We are in the beginning stages of this project. In addition to donating to seed this project, please stay tuned for specific asks as time goes on. We envision much multi-generational collaborative potential.
Please let us know if you are interested in supporting this project by contacting Salli Maxwell, Step Up for Kids Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (928) 458-6068. We would also like you to pass along this invitation to anyone else you believe should be involved in this project.
We look forward to working together to make Prescott a more supportive community for families.