The ROCcK Children's Choir will host the second annual Kids Shine For A Cure from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at Austintown Township Park, 6000 Kirk Rod. This year's event merges two nonprofit foundations for kids dealing with life altering events, namely childhood cancer and autism. The event will helps raise awareness and funds for The Autistic Learning Foundation and A Way With Words Foundation.
Brenda Rider from the ROCcK Children's Choir said, "I came up with the idea when I met a little girl who is autistic and has cancer also."
Last year, she began the event to show support for both organizations. She said this year the hope is to be able to raise $5,000 for each of the two charities.
"It will make a huge difference in every child's life," she said.
As for the choir itself, the kids who are are members know more than most just what the event is all about.
"ROCcK stands for Raising Our Commitment to cancer Kids," Rider said. "The choir is comprised of cancer survivors, siblings and those touched by cancer. Ages range from three to 18. Our number varies but we average about 12 to 15 kids each year."
The choir keeps a busy schedule as they bring awareness and help raise funds to support cancer research and assistance.
"We perform approximately 100 events a year," Rider said. "Besides the local Relay for Life events, we sing the National Anthem wherever we are invited to. We have a few big events a year also. Those include a golf scramble, Kids Shine, and Saving Second Base for women who can't afford mammograms."
One way the choir hopes to raise some big bucks this year is through a car raffle. Austintown car dealers Bob and Chuck Eddy are sponsoring a lease on a 2013 Chrysler 200 that will be free and clear for three years, tax included. The winner will even get to choose the color and the vehicle will be loaded, including GPS, satellite radio, road assistance and leather interior.
"We still need to sell all the tickets to pay the lease off and still make $5,000 for each foundation," Rider said.
The drawing will be held at the Saving Second Base Softball Tournament, which will be held Sept. 8 at Austintown Township Park. If enough tickets aren't sold by the tournament date, the drawing will become a 50/50 raffle. The tickets are on sale now at Austintown Township Park with supervisor Todd Schaffer (330-793-0718) or contact Brenda Rider at 330-360-3300.
The April 27 event is free to the public and will include a kite flying contest, face painting, the police K-9 unit, police, fire trucks and EMT, a 1 p.m. One Mile Matters walk, a Chinese auction, silent auction and concessions. At 2 p.m., Chris Yambar of the Bart Simpson comics will be doing drawings for a donation and autographing comic books from Popeye and Simpson. At 3 p.m. there will be a free concert featuring Nashville recording artists Sarah Turner and Tommy Cole., and the R.O.C.c.K. Children's Choir. The entire event features kid-friendly entertainment.