July 25, 2005
KOHL'S HONORS 10 "KIDS WHO CARE" WITH NATIONAL
10 national Kohl's Kids Who Care® winners will each receive
a $5,000 scholarship for community service efforts
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., July 25, 2005 Whether creating a summer
program for at-risk youth, raising money to build a community center
in India or co-founding a breast cancer research fund that raised
over $550,000, this year's national Kohl's Kids Who Care®
winners share an amazing dedication to building strong communities
through their generous actions.
For the fifth consecutive year, Kohl's Department Stores is recognizing
and rewarding young people who make a difference in their communities
through volunteerism. Kohl's today announced the 2005 national winners
in the Kohl's Kids Who Care® volunteer recognition program.
See list of winners at the end of this release.
The 10 national winners, chosen from among 134 regional winners
from across the country, will each receive a $5,000 scholarship
for post-secondary education. In addition, Kohl's will donate $1,000
to a non profit organization on behalf of each national winner.
Selection is based on initiative, leadership, creativity and generosity.
Since 2001, Kohl's has recognized and rewarded more 4,410 young
people for outstanding service to their communities through the
Kohl's Kids Who Care® program.
"The Kohl's Kids Who Care® program is designed to recognize
the amazing generosity and compassion young people like these display
while making great things happen in their communities," said
Julie Gardner, Kohl's senior vice president of marketing. "We
continue to be inspired by the creativity, dedication and selflessness
of these kids, and we are pleased to be able to honor them for the
tremendous impact their actions have on others."
Kohl's stores will begin accepting nominations for the 2006 volunteer
recognition program in February of 2006. Applications will be available
at all Kohl's Department Stores and at www.kohlscorporation.com. Kohl's
Kids Who Care® is part of the company's Kohl's Cares for Kids®
program, which raises funds for children's hospitals, features fundraising
gift cards for local schools and non-profit youth groups and provides
an employee program to encourage volunteerism.
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's is a family-focused, value-oriented
specialty department store offering moderately priced national,
exclusive and private brand apparel, shoes, accessories and home
products in an exciting shopping environment. Kohl's operates 670
stores in 40 states. For a list of store locations and information,
or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit Kohl's Website
2005 Kohl's Kids Who Care National Winners
Justin Herman, 18, of Huntington Valley, PA, was inspired by
his aunt's battle with breast cancer to raise funds to help find a
cure. He co-founded the Eileen Stein Jacoby Fund for Breast Cancer
Research at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Pennsylvania. Herman's efforts
in organizing various fundraising events are responsible for raising
over $550,000 for research on this deadly disease.
Ricardo Robinson, 17, of Charleston, SC, took the lead in
designing and implementing a summer academic enrichment program
for at-risk youth. Robinson facilitated all aspects of the program
including researching and planning age-appropriate activities, recruiting
and training volunteers and securing over $15,000 to fund the project.
Robert Ryan, 17, of Mesa, AZ, filled hearts as well as bags
with his "Fill a Bag with Hope" drive. Moved by the needs
of children at the La Casa Esperanza Orphanage, Ryan launched a
drive to collect food, clothing and toys in "bags of hope."
In support of this project, Ryan enlisted the support of a variety
of corporations and organized over 145 volunteers donating over
800 hours of service.
Daniel Cayce, 17, of Thornton, AR, sees the value in recycling,
especially the basic things many people take for granted. Since
he was 12, Daniel has collected used items - from clothing to appliances,
to donate to people in-need. Every few months, Daniel facilitates
the donation of thousands of used items to disadvantaged families
in one of the poorest counties in the country. In 2004, Daniel spent
more than 1,500 hours recycling items for the less fortunate in
Autumn Root, 13, of Haslett, MI, understands the importance
of giving. Not only does she give of her time by volunteering at
Camp Casey, a horse camp for children battling cancer, she has also
donated her own hair to Locks for Love, an organization that makes
wigs for children who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy.
Autumn also organizes ongoing fundraising efforts for Camp Casey,
launching projects like soda can drives and bake sales to help raise
money. In the last year Autumn has raised more than $400 and collected
much-needed products for the camp.
Chloe Burris, 12, of Wilmington, DE, knows what it means to
be a role-model. Through the Elwyn, Inc. organization, Chloe has spent
more than 100 hours tutoring and mentoring pre-school aged foster
children helping them learn the alphabet, numbers and counting and
shapes. Her energetic, approachable nature makes her a favorite among
the children she works with, and her maturity and commitment have
earned her the respect of Elwyn staff members. Burris displays her
dedication by donating much of her free time to supporting this program
and helping young foster children develop confidence and self-esteem.
Alexandra Amend, 11, of Cincinnati OH, plays patriotism.
Wanting to show her support and appreciation for our troops, Alexandra
decided to learn how to play several patriotic songs on her violin.
From there she decided to perform charity violin concerts, donating
all funds raised to The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, an organization
that provides scholarships for children of military personnel who
have been killed in the line of duty. Her efforts took her to a
Red's game where she performed her repertoire of songs in front
of 40,000 people.
Brianna Landis, 7, of Kannapolis, NC, takes volunteering
one step at a time. Inspired to raise awareness and funds about
her struggle with Multiple Sclerosis, Brianna decided to create
a team to walk in her local MS Walk. Her efforts, which included
speaking to various area schools and civic groups to solicit walkers
and donations, led her to create the largest team in her county
with 42 walkers! The group, led by Brianna, raised over $350,000
for Multiple Sclerosis research.
Andrew Barge, 12, of Fishers, IN, helps people understand
history. As a youth interpreter for Conner Prairie, a local living
history museum, Andrew interacts with the public as himself and
as a character living in 1836. He is responsible for helping history
come alive by interacting with visitors. He is always willing to
continue his own learning process, cheerfully volunteering to help
with almost any task from filing papers to plucking chickens. Most
weeks Andrew is at the history museum every day.
Hope Ammen, 12, of Roanoke, VA, wanted to help others over
half a world away. After hearing about the need for a safe place
to gather for residents in Uttar Pradesh, India, Ammen set a goal
to raise $5,000 to help. Through her fundraising efforts, which
included knitting scarves and doing odd jobs for neighbors, Ammen
was able to raise almost $15,000, which she donated to the residents
of Uttar Pradesh to build a community center.
Vicki Shamion, Director of Public Relations, (262) 703-1464
Lori Sansoucie, Public Relations Manager, (262) 703-6752
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