18th Annual Willie E. Gary Kids Carnival Provides Toys and Holiday Cheer to Hundreds of Children
Children Enjoy Carnival Games, Rides, Popcorn, Snow Cones, Music, Face Painting, Glitter Tattoos and a Visit from Santa Claus
STUART, FL – Prominent attorney, Willie E. Gary, and the Gary Foundation recently hosted the 18th Annual Kids Carnival at Memorial Park in Stuart, Florida. Hundreds of children from five counties were invited to attend the event to receive toys and enjoy food, Christmas music, carnival rides, games and a visit with Santa Claus. The Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson and Gary, P.L.L.C., along with Capitol Petroleum served as this year’s signature supporters, sponsoring the purchase of over 1000 toys. Other sponsors include Lorenzo Williams, Esq. and family, Gary Financial Group, Treasure Coast Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Michael Haygood, Esq., Chan Abney, Esq., Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bridges, Law Finance Group, Jimmie and Geraldine Young, Tommy and Carlotta Young and Nash and Associates. Many other local businesses, organizations and attorneys from the Law Firm of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson & Gary, P.L.L.C. also made financial and in-kind contributions in support of this worthwhile event.
Volunteers from the Law Firm and the Treasure Coast Chapter of the Links, Inc., did a phenomenal job with toy and food distribution.Over 20 plus youth organizations from Martin, Indian River, Okeechobee, St. Lucie and Palm Beach counties were invited to bring kids to the carnival to pick out a gift of his or her choice and enjoy the festivities. The Kids Carnival is a highly-anticipated event on the Treasure Coast.
Since its inception over 18 years ago, the Gary Foundation Kids Carnival has been providing toys to disadvantaged youth who otherwise may not receive any presents during the holiday season. Attendees enjoyed snow-cones, pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, cotton candy, multiple bounce houses and obstacle course, inflatable slides, a rock climbing wall, a video game truck, a bungee jumper, as well as numerous competitive rounds of musical chairs. Contest winners received bikes, skateboards and other hot-ticket items
“This is by far my favorite event of the year,” said Willie Gary. “The holiday season is about giving to others and making sure that children, who are less fortunate, can also enjoy the excitement and joy of the Christmas season. Given the current economic climate, we have found that there are more children in need than ever before. Kids being kids – that’s what the carnival is all about,” continued Gary. “Our job is to make sure they have fun, and don’t have any worries for the day.”
Known for his philanthropic endeavors, Willie Gary and his wife, Gloria Gary, founded The Gary Foundation, which provides college scholarships to at-risk students who wish to attend college. The Gary’s have donated millions of dollars to help Historically Black Colleges and Universities – including $10 million pledge to their alma mater, Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A child receives a toy of his choice donated by one of our many sponsors.
A young Child is all smiles on this year’s Bungee attraction
Attorney Willie Gary with local area kids enjoying the 18th Annual Kids Carnival in Stuart, Florida
Willie and Gloria Gary take a moment to pose with some of our happy Carnival goers after receiving their toys.