but after the dust settled, we had over $45,000 committed to the event, resulting in over $22,000 to be shared between Visiting Nurse, Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County and Evergreen Institute for Wellness. The visiting nurse agency provides a range of services including long-term care at home, skilled home care, home hospice care, palliative care and support including loss and recovery and chronic disease management education. Evergreen promotes integrative wellness for individuals and the community. Both agencies have committed to co-hosting the Be Kind Fest again in 2014.
Sandy Ruka, Executive Director of Visiting Nurses, accepted the payment with great joy “This is more than we ever would have expected for the first year of a fundraising event. I think the results speak well for the quality and message of the event as well as the commitment of the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen. I’m so grateful for all of them”.
Of course, large events do not happen without financial support from the community. The Memorial Hospital was the presenting sponsor, and the Mount Washington Radio Group is also credited as a major contributor, bringing the live Motor Booty Affair concert to the park and providing so much publicity. The Conway Daily Sun, Settlers Green Outlet Village, Crest Auto, Soyfire Candle, Chalmers Insurance, Old Navy, Grants Supermarket and Northway Bank were all significant contributors to the effort.
MaryEllen Holmes, of Evergreen, expressed their excitement “Evergreen is a relatively new organization, so the Be Kind Fest goal was three-fold for us. First, it delivered on our mission about integrative wellness, in which kindness plays a big role. Second, it is a great outreach event, and exposed Evergreen to thousands of people for the first time, and finally, it raised funds to help us continue to deliver our mission in the future”.
Organizers scheduled the Be Kind Fest for Canada’s Victoria Day weekend, which is the weekend before Memorial Day. According to Kline, this was for two reasons. “We had locals wanting to be involved in the festival, which is easier if it is not over our holiday weekend, and we had businesses, who want more activity in the area to promote to our Canadian guests, to encourage more tourism over their holiday weekend”. According to Kline, The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the N. Conway Village Association and Settler’s Green Outlet Village are all coordinating marketing activity in Canada to promote more May tourism to the valley. Be Kind Fest 2014 is already being planned for May 16-18, 2014. For more information, visit www.bekindfest.com.