CASPER, Wyo. — Hope is a funny thing. It comes at the oddest times, in the most unexpected places. When things are bad, when we live in the unknown, when we’re too scared of the dark to go turn on the light, it’s hope that guides us home.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the events that the community has planned have been indefinitely suspended or, in many cases, outright canceled. Unfortunately, the Child Development Center’s annual fundraiser, ‘Kids’ Art A La Carte,’ is one of those events. But, even in the midst of uncertainty, Hope remains. Though Kids’ Art A La Carte is being put on hold this year, the community still has an opportunity to invest in the future of our children.
“As you know,” CDC’s Executive Director Alisha Rone wrote in a letter to sponsors, “CDC serves 575 children each year, with and without special needs. Kids’ Art A La Carte helps to support the CDC in serving the many children that we do, with much needed early intervention services. 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 they are letting CDC leverage their sponsorship funds to create a community match.”
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In lieu of an actual live auction, community members now have the opportunity to donate to the Child Development Center online, with every $25 donated resulting in a raffle ticket that will be entered to win a deluxe travel trailer, as well as donated gift certificates from local businesses. Donations are tax deductible and patrons will receive a donation letter in return. The drawing for prizes will be posted live on the CDC’s Facebook page on June 5th, and winners will be notified shortly thereafter.
The situation isn’t ideal. Kids’ Art A La Carte is the CDC’s biggest event of the year. It’s a time for the community to gather together and lift up one of Natrona County’s most important resources. But the CDC, and Kids’ Art A La Carte, was never about the food, the decorations, the prizes or the pageantry. It was about Hope. And even though the actual event has been canceled, those working with and for the Child Development Center refuse to let anything cancel their Hope. The children that utilize the services of CDC refuse to let anything cancel their Hope.
With your help, the Child Development Center will continue to flourish in these uncertain times. We may have to live in the unknown for a while, but what is known is that the Child Development Center will continue to serve, the community will continue to thrive, and through it all, Hope will remain.
For more information and to donate visit cdccasper.org/aalc/.