What started as one mother’s grieving response to the death of a daughter has grown into one of Denver’s most respected nonprofits serving needy children.
After days of uncertainty with a snowstorm on the horizon, more than 80 participants took to the lanes at Bowlero Cherry Creek on Saturday, March 13th to raise over $9,000 for Kenzi’s Causes. Safelite Autoglass sponsored the three-hour Bowl4Kidz event, which successfully brought in over 72 new toys for the annual toy shop and over 175 pounds of food and household goods for the Kenzi’s House Pantry. Proceeds from the event will also help fund the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shops in December.
“We have the privilege of helping thousands of people enjoy the spirit of the season as we provide “Christmas” to families who in their current financial situation cannot fulfill their child’s Christmas wish. Our goal is to serve 16,000 children through our Annual Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop and our partnering nonprofits this year and the Bowl4Kidz event is a great to start our toy collection. The food and household goods will help us stock the shelves at our Kenzi’s House for our Kenzi’s Kidz families. We know that food insecurity is something our families face now more than ever with the pandemic and the donations are such a blessing.” -Jessica Bachus, Founder & Executive Director
Bowl4Kidz has served primarily as a community event where families can give back while having fun; however, thanks to the generous support of participants and sponsors, it has grown to become an important fundraiser for the organization. Bowl4Kids offers many opportunities for local support and involvement; Corporate Sponsorships, bowling teams, and raffle items donated by businesses and individuals. This year, over $1,900 in items were donated to the raffle and there were nine event Sponsors:
Safelite Autoglass, Mountain View Pain Center, FirstBank, Platte River Mortgage, Bachus & Schanker Cares Foundation, Ross Investigators, Aim High Chiropractic, Erik Reynolds and COCRS.
For information on giving to Kenzi’s Causes and its programs, visit http://www.kenziscauses.org
Kenzi’s Causes was founded in 2007 after Jessica Bachus’ daughter Kenzi was stillborn at 24 weeks. Overcome with grief, Jessica felt compelled to channel her emotions into something that would honor Kenzi’s memory. With this notion, Kenzi’s Causes was created so that Jessica and her family could provide dolls to young girls at Christmastime who would otherwise go without. Jessica collected over 150 dolls the first year and since then Kenzi’s Causes has expanded, providing support to over 102,649 children across Colorado. Jessica and her husband Kyle have three living children and are dedicated to serving the community they live in.