WOW WOW WOW!!! Kids in the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) 20th Judicial district (http://www.casa20th.org) have some SERIOUS talent. This includes 3 full counties (Faulkner, Van Buren & Searcy). I had the pleasure to share the stage with some kids that sang songs solo and in choirs, ballet dances, funky dance, baton twirling with dance, gymnastics, rocking out in bands and more. It was amazing to see the courage of these kids as they took the stage. There were so many parents along with other adults and kids rooting on the performances on stage. Seeing so many, it was indescribably touching.
BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse) – http://www.bacausa.com started out the event sporting their big bikes as the events flag brigade. Everyone watched as they hoisted the flag beginning the event as part of the Child Abuse awareness month.
The event was in a park at the city center of Conway, Arkansas. It was a beautiful location for this event. Outside of the seemingly hundreds of people in and out of the event, there were other organizations supporting children and families that were on site to provide information and answer questions. We even had firefighters from the Conway Fire Department there with an AWESOME fire truck for the kids. OK, I wanted to honk the horn and turn the sirens on too, but I refrained. I did get some cheese dip from Stoby’s, some cotton candy from BACA, then a few snow cones and pizza from Little Caesars… mmmmmm mmmmm.
Although it may be strange to hear of a comedian hosting such a serious event, I am actually a sworn in Court Appointed Special Advocate as well. The event was to remember those kids that didn’t get help in time and raising awareness of the child abuse occurring throughout the world every second. To me, this event was also a celebration of all of the organizations and people that are there for our children. So yes I did do some comedy between acts on stage and cutup with people in the audience. I had a wonderful time and was so glad to be part of it for the second year.
Visit CASA 20th’s website to see how you can help – http://www.casa20th.org. They need volunteer’s for events, advocates, donations, and more…
Thanks to all of the other organizations like City of Conway, BACA, Agape Boy’s home. The Woman’s Shelter, The Boy’s and Girl’s Club, Cradle Care, and others.
The performances were by Take the Lead Academy, Sonshine Academy, Rachel Ireland, Ruth Gomez, Vilonia Melodies, Central Arkansas Baton Twirlers, Jim Stone 4th Grade Choir, Funk Fusion, and the ROCKING band to close it out was DNR.
The sound was perfect and made my job waaaaaaaaaaaay too easy.
To all of those of CASA and supporting organizations, GREAT JOB!!!
See you all next year for an even bigger and better Kidsfest 2011.
Michael “Doc” Davis – Comedian, Actor, Entertainer