CASPER, Wyo. — The Child Development Center (CDC) of Natrona County have decided to cancel their 2020 “Kids’ Art A La Carte” event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s with a heavy heart we inform you that CDC has made the decision to cancel our Kids’ Art A La Carte event for this year,” CDC Executive Director Alisha Rone said in a Monday, May 4 letter to supporters. “With the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and not knowing when mandates will be lifted, we feel it’s for the best to cancel this year‘s event.”
Rone added that the center serves 575 children per year, adding that the Kids’ Art A La Carte event is an important fundraiser.
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“Kids’ Art A La Carte helps to support the CDC in serving the many children that we do with much needed early intervention services,” Rone said. “Not hosting Kids’ Art A La Carte will significantly impact the CDC’s budget this year.”
“Thankfully, the community businesses and local foundations that already committed as sponsors of Kids’ Art A La Carte have agreed to be our Partners in Providing Hope this year and are letting CDC leverage their sponsorship funds to create a community match. The grand total we are asking our community to try and match is $63,446.”
People can contribute toward the community match goal until June 5.
“For every $25 contributed, CDC will enter your name to win the travel trailer AND a number of donated gift certificates,” Rone said. “Donations are tax deductible and you will receive a donation letter in return. The drawing will be posted live on the CDC’s Facebook page on June 5 and winners will be notified.”
Rone added that the center plans to resume the Kids’ Art A La Carte next year.
“You better believe, next year’s Kids’ Art A La Carte event on May 1, 2021 will be better than ever,” Rone said. “Thank you in advance for your understanding and your continued support of the CDC.”