Volunteers Make It Happen!
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
THANK YOU, PUBLIX!
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
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!
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!
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
The Tropical Presbytery Donates
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!
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 -
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
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!