Organized by Casey Schaeffer, and with almost 30 Full Heart volunteers, the carnival featured appearances by local celebrities, a bounce house, gyroscope ride, raffles, and more.
Carnival sponsorships and donations exceeded Full Heart’s goals, totaling over $ 11,800, with almost $ 9,000 benefiting three worthy causes:
*A Soldier’s Hands, a 501-3(c) organization providing needed skin care products for troops deployed overseas on the USS Reagan, founded by Casey’s mentor and former Yardley resident, Trish Shallenberger;
*The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), a 501-(3)c non-profit dedicated to finding effective treatments for the millions worldwide living with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder causing tumors to grow on the nerves throughout the body which may lead to blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, learning disabilities, disabling pain and cancer. Altana Mukabenov, an eighth grader at Charles Boehm Middle School, is currently on her fifth chemo trial (partially funded by CTF) battling tumors around her airway and heart, along with other NF-related complications;
*Full Heart Music Scholarship, awarded to the most improved senior high school music student at Pennsbury High School.
Some of the proceeds will be used to fund additional Full Heart charitable initiatives.
Casey is very grateful to all of her sponsors, attendees, and members of the Full Heart crew for making it such a successful event (Altana, Alayna, Alex, Alicia, Amelia, Angelina, Anisha, Ashley, Brooke, Corinne, Delaney, Georgette, Grace B, Grace S, Hunter, Jack, Jason, Kayla, Maddy, Marykate, Mary, Morgan, Patrick, Ryan, Sofia, Sophia, Taylor).
Casey, a freshman at Pennsbury High School, initiated Full Heart in 2015 to empower kids to get involved in their communities.
Full Heart is active at many community events, and in just over four years has donated almost $16,000 to charitable causes.
PHOTO CAP: Casey Schaeffer (right) and Taylor Petruccio