This weekend, more than 128 teachers and 45 families from across the Bay Area came out to the All Stars Winter Carnival and Second Annual Book Fair! All Stars Helping Kids partnered with Mayfair Community Center and The City of San Jose Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services to host the event, which promoted literacy by giving teachers and families an opportunity to select free books for their libraries at school and home. The effort distributed 12,000 books for grades Pre-K through high school, reaching over 42 schools!

The Mayfair Community families who joined our event started their day with story time hosted by Bring Me a Book & The San Jose Public Library, carnival games linked to literacy, delicious snacks comprised of nachos and cotton candy, and ultimately ended their experience with the opportunity to choose 30 books per family while dancing along to Disney melodies. Every child had a smile on their face as they ran from table to table to explore their options. It was an impactful moment for Ronnie & Karen and the All Stars Team.

A big THANK YOU to our donors who gave books and resources, and especially to our amazing volunteers who donated their time to provide new reading and learning opportunities for local teachers and students.

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Young men from SF Achievers joined All Stars Helping Kids Founders, Ronnie and Karen Lott, as well as the All Stars Helping Kids staff to celebrate the 10th Annual 555 Holiday Tree Lighting in San Francisco. SF Achievers is a nonprofit based in San Francisco that serves young African American men through scholarships, mentors and summer internship/employment opportunities, to ultimately help them attain academic success.

The young men and the Executive Director of SF Achievers, Gregory Collins, were invited to the historic 555 California Street location where they were warmly greeted and invited for a special tour of the Supercell office, located on the highest floor of the building, the 52nd floor. Here they got a chance to explore the unique workspace and learn about the success of Supercell, as well as the perks that employees enjoy every day. Inspired by the environment and scope of work, the SF Achievers asked questions regarding steps that needed to be taken to work in a similar arena.

They were happy to find that the college degree they were pursuing would be more than enough to enjoy the same benefits as their kind and encouraging tour guide, Tasha Dial, Office Operations Manager with Supercell Following their tour, the Achievers met with Ronnie & Karen, enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, and had an opportunity to engage in an inspiring conversation with Ronnie before ultimately joining him on stage for the beneficiary check presentation to All Stars Helping Kids. The young men walked away expressing their gratitude and marking this event as an unforgettable experience.

We at All Stars were elated to share our evening with these inspiring young men, and look forward to potential opportunities with them and their organization in the future!

On September 26th, All Stars Helping Kids partnered once again with UCSF Medical Center and The Michael J. Fox Foundation to host the 2016 UCSF Medical Center Celebrity Golf Classic and Champions Dinner. Community and Business leaders joined together for dinner and golf in support of groundbreaking medical research, quality educational opportunities for underserved youth, and state-of-the-art healthcare.

At the end of the day, the Golf Classic raised more than $652,600 in support of All Stars, UCSF Medical Center, and Team Fox! One of the many highlights was the Hole in One for a Toyota Highlander winner, Mike Staskus, sponsored by Tracy Toyota!

This year’s Golf Classic was our biggest yet, and we are so thankful for the support of the All Stars community, local businesses, and celebrity attendees who contributed to make this event a success on behalf of the kids and families!