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Episcopal Charities and KAIR

St. Columba Episcopal Church has been a wonderful supporter of KAIR through the last 19 years and their support has helped us receive a substantial grant from Episcopal Charities of SE Florida. Here Reverend Debra Maconaughey of St. Columba (who is also Board Chair of KAIR) receives the check from Bonnie Weaver of Episcopal Charities.






Wherever Publix has a store, they have played an important role in fighting hunger. Our local store in Marathon has been a wonderful partner to the KAIR food pantry. Several times a week, the KAIR van is able to pick up bread, meat, vegetables, etc. to distribute to hungry people. Manager Steve Levine has also supported using the Santa dollars and Bunny dollars to provide thousands of pounds of staples to add to the pantry. Here Cindy Fox is surrounded by some of the 6,000 pounds of food just received from Publix.



Make a Joyful Noise!
The 2013 Hymn Sing was a huge success this year due to the efforts of Bonnie Cucchi and Lesley Aaron. They are shown here presenting a check to KAIR director, Marj Roberts for $3100! Also shown is Herb Bernett who is a KAIR volunteer and parishioner at Kirk of the Keys where the song fest was held. Church choirs and bands performed along with groups such as Misery Loves Company, Storm Watch and the Island Harmony Singers. What a joyful day it was as we lifted our songs and hearts in harmony!

Sombrero Beach Run was Huge Success!


The 2013 Sombrero Beach Run was a great day and the runners, walkers, volunteers and those who came to cheer them on all had a terrific time! This fund raiser supports a major portion of KAIR's budget and without these funds KAIR would not be able to give their services to the community. Jane Packard and her committee worked tirelessly all year to make the event a friend raiser as well as a fund raiser.


Youth Volunteers at St. Columba Episcopal Church serve homemade soup to raise money for the "Empty Bowls" project. Bowls were made by the students and sold to raise awareness of hunger in their community. Money raised was donated to the KAIR Food Pantry.


April is Volunteer Recognition Month!!

We love our volunteers and they are everywhere in the KAIR community! You can't imagine all the jobs they fill whether it's packing up food, visiting a homebound person, or taking someone to the doctor. The jobs are endless and so is their devotion to their community. Thank you, everyone!

Shown here are some of our volunteers with the new refrigeration system bought with United Way funds. This greatly enhanced our ability to provide fresh foods to our neighbors to provide fruits and vegetables as well as meat and cheese. This will help our recipients receive healthy nutricious foods so necessary for their well-being.


KAIR Celebrates Christmas Dinner with 250 Families!

Community donations and volunteers enabled KAIR to give a complete holiday dinner to 250 families in the area who have difficulty providing for daily necessities. What joy there is to gather around your own table to celebrate a holiday with your family and friends. Thank you to the many, many people who make that happen! Shown here is the 250 bags that have been assembled to go with the ham and pie to complete a festive meal.


HymnFest Rocked the Rafters!
On June 12th, we raised the rafters at KAIR's 4th annual Hurricane HymnFest. Organized by Pastors Peggy Benson and Dustin Sedlak, parishioners from the local churches came together at Kirk of the Keys to raise their voices in praise and in prayer. The beautiful voices and talents of Mark Davis and Bonnie Cussi, Island Harmony, choirs from New Life Assembly, Kirk of the Keys, St. Columba, San Pablo, and AME made the event memorable. An ice cream social was held afterwards and it felt wonderful to be there together with the community. An offering was taken to support the food pantry and $1300 was collected!


Renee Shain Honored for Outstanding Volunteer Service!

Renee lives in Marathon with her husband Larry and puts in many hours at the KAIR office helping keep their finances straight. She is an extraordinary volunteer as she also is the volunteer Event Director of the Pigeon Key Art Festival held every February. With working, her family and all her volunteer efforts, Renee is a very busy lady!

Renee, at left, is shown here with Marj Roberts, Director of KAIR.


The Tropical Presbytery Donates to KAIR

Marj Roberts, KAIR director, accepts a check from The Rev. Dustin Sedlak and Herb Bernett of Kirk of the Keys Presbyterian Church. The Tropical Presbytery is the regional umbrella for Presbyterian churches in SE Florida. The Presbytery and Kirk of the Keys Presbyterian Church have been a big support for KAIR throughout the years. Thank you!


Save Our Conchs Soc Hop - Benefit for KAIR!

Sombrero Country Club was transported back to the Fifties in April as poodle skirts and saddle shoes came out of mothballs. Shown here are the Island Harmony singers who did a magnificant job of singing doo-wop throughout the evening. See the April newsletter for the full story. Thanks, Fishermen's Hospital, for being our sponsor.


Valentine's Day at Sombrero Beach - Wow!

This event to benefit KAIR was a real "friend raiser!" Every hair stylist in town cut hair to raise money for the programs of KAIR. Flowers and balloons were donated by Marathon Florist and Cristiano's donated fabulous heart shaped cookies. The Centennial Bank Weenie Wagon served hot dogs and DJ Tito played the tunes while people danced in the sand. Go to the February newsletter for a complete list of participants.



Herb is a regular KAIR volunteer who helps manage the Food Pantry.


Our local Coast Guard Unit helped with Thanksgiving and Christmas Baskets!


KAIR distributes 250 food baskets containing a complete turkey dinner at Thanksgiving and 250 food baskets with a complete ham dinner at Christmas. Volunteers donate their time and money to make it all happen!


Our United States Postal Workers have an annual food drive for KAIR. Thanks!