Community Development Highlights

My Wedding Day Expo

Thank-you-The My Wedding Day Expo was held on Sunday, July 19, 2015. The Expo organizers decides to donate all of the proceeds from the attendees to Kids Central. $517 was raised and donated to Kids Central! Thank you Charles Gordon and everyone that attends these great Expos every time they are held.


Chair-ity Event

SAVE THE DATE 2015The Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors hosts a charity event to raise funds for local non-profit organizations. This year for the 7th Annual Chair-ity Event Kids Central, Inc has been selected as one of the benefiting charities.

There are many ways to get involved in the fun and inventive event. You can donate silent auction items, sponsor and/or decorate a chair to be auctioned, sponsor the event with a monetary donation, or attend the event and take one of the chairs home with you.


Turkeys from Frontier Church

Frontier ChuLindseyTurkeyrch in Leesburg donated 110 turkeys for Thanksgiving to families served by Kids Central in Lake County. The families not only received turkeys but all the fixings (and instructions on how to cook the turkey) to make a great meal. Independent Living, Kinship, and Healthy Start in Lake County delivered the dinners to their very excited families.

Frontier Church is pastored by Steve Yates, a former Kids Central Board Member. We are grateful for his and his church’s continued support of Kids Central.


Kohl’s Associates in Action Volunteers

KphlsVolunteersKohl’s Associates came out to volunteer at Kids Central’s Tee Off for Kids Golf Tournament. On November 10th the associates volunteered three hours of their time to help prepare and serve food to the golfers at the tournament. Thank you Kohl’s for always being willing to help us throughout the year.


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On August 23, 2014 the Margarita Republic in The Villages held it’s 10th Annual Golf Tournament. The tournament benefited Kids Central’s Kinship Program. The tournament raised $3,189 for the Kinship Program! Thank you Margarita Republic for your continued support of Kids Central and the Kinship Program.


My Wedding Day Expo

My Wedding Da10450030_802003919831391_4219191366422982019_oy Expo was held on Sunday, July 27, 2014. The Expo chooses to donate all proceeds from the attendees to Kids Central. They were able to raise
$535 for Kids Central! Thank you Charles Gordan and everyone that attends these great Expos every time they are held.

Beverly Shores Elementary School

When Jeanne Hackler and four other teachers from Beverly Shores Elementary School in Leesburg decided to do a community project with their third grade classes thBSElemDonationey thought about foster kids. The teachers and kids donated personal care items. Their donation included, toothpaste, tooth brushes, hair brushes, shampoo, lotions, and so many other items foster kids need. Thank you to everyone that donated! These items will be put to good use and will certainly help many children.

Blessed Trinity Catholic School

easterbasketsEaster baskets were donated to the Kinship Department by the Peace Making Peers group at Blessed Trinity Catholic School. Nine baskets in total were donated and will be given to kids for the Easter holiday. The baskets are filled with fun toys, crafts, and candy for the kids. Thank you!

Stonecrest Needlers

The ladies of the Stonecrest Needlers group donated to the Resource Center. They gave 42 homemade quilts, 7 pillow cases, 8 blankets, 1 cloth book, and 2 caps. These donations will go a long way to help the families Kids Central serves. Thank you!



Recreation Plantation

Residents from Recreation Plantation donated much needed undergarments for kids, from toddlers to teens! The donation includes over 100 new bras, almost 700 new pairs of socks, over 550 new pairs of underwear, and almost 30 new undershirts/camisoles. This donation will go to great use in Kids Central’s Resource Center. Thank you so much Recreation Plantation! The kids we serve will love getting their new clothing items! Pictured is just a portion of the donation!P1010056

The Junior League of Ocala

2014-01-21 12.45.36Julie Preston, from the Junior League of Ocala stopped by the Kids Central main office to drop off a donation. The Junior League donated 4,386 wipes and 1,644 diapers to the Resource Center. These are items that are asked for that the Center does not have at times. This donation will help many families and children that need them in the coming months! Thank you Julie and the Junior League for your continued support of Kids Central.

Turkeys donated by The Drayton Florence Foundation

P1000527Kids Central had the opportunity to hand out turkeys alongside the Drayton Florence Foundation. The Foundation donated 150 turkeys to the families we serve. There was also a community match that got Kids Central families 65 more turkeys. In total 215 turkeys were handed out on November 15, 2013. Kids Central and our partners are thankful for great organizations like the Drayton Florence Foundation.


 My Wedding Day Expo

My Wedding Day Expo is organized by Charles Gordon of Charles Gordon Photography DSCF3415and Jackson Koontz of Action Jackson Koontz. These two men have been great supporters of Kids Central for years, and each year, they donate the expo entrance fees to Kids Central. The Summer My Wedding Day Expo was held July 14th in Ocala at the Marion County IFAS Extension Office. Over 120 guests attended resulting in almost $600 being donated to Kids Central. It was a fun event perfect for those getting married. Thank you Charles Gordon and Jackson Koontz for all you do. Visit for more information.












Planting Pinwheels to Prevent Child Abuse

During 2012, the Department of Children and Families investigated 29,838 reports of child abuse in Circuit 5.

A shining, spinning pinwheel is a classic symbol of childhood. Together, Kids Central, Devereux and The Department of Children and Families planted a large-scale pinwheel gardens in commemoration of the abused and neglected children of Marion County. By working together, the aforementioned partners will engage the Ocala community to recognize, combat and prevent child abuse. With the donation of land use by Cunningham Funeral Home and The Simon Property Management, over 1,650 pinwheels spin for Ocala to observe and connect to the efforts focused on awareness and prevention.

Visit Kids Central’s child abuse prevention campaign page.

Kids Central would like to thank the End Kids’ Tears sponsors, including United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties, Florida Mentor and online donors through



Lesa Kids Central, Lake County churches and other community members partnered to execute the first large-scale foster and adoptive informational fair, Open Your Heart, on February 23, 2013 at The Father’s House in Leesburg. The event highlighted why foster/adoptive parents are needed, what it’s like to be a foster parent and what kind of difference foster/adoptive parents make in the lives of the children. Thanks to StayWell, Chick-fil-A (The Villages) and the Lake/Sumter Foster Parent Association, a light breakfast was served. Kids Central plans on repliating the event in each of its five counties – Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties. To get involved, contact Nicole Pulcini Mason at 352-387-6332 .

Thank You, Stonecrest Needlers! 

IMG_20130123_130603_145The Stonecrest Needlers made another visit to Kids Central on January 23 to personally deliver their latest creations. These ladies with special talents contribute their handiwork to the children Kids Central serves. The group consists of 14 quilters, 2 IMG_20130123_131044_395crochetiers, and 1 knitter. Generally, they donate twice a year filling the Resource Center’s shelves with beautiful quilts. During their latest visit, the ladies donated 42 quilts and blankets,
11 handkerchiefs, and eight toys.

2012 Tee Off For Kids

The prestigious Black Diamond Quarry Course hosted the fourth annual Tee Off For Kids Golf Tournament on Columbus Day, October 8, 2012. A new feature to the tournament this year was an Acura TSX for the hole-in-one prize, provided by Jenkins Acura in Ocala.  Also celebrity guest, Ron Zook of CBS Sports (former head football coach at the University of Florida and University of Illinois), met players and took photos with each team.

Thanks to the support of the sponsors, volunteers, staff and Black Diamond, the fourth annual Tee Off For Kids golf tournament was a great success. In addition to raising much needed funds, Kids Central drew attention to the issues families in our communities are facing.

Steak and Polo For Kids

It was with great excitement that Steak and Polo For Kids was planned.  Thanks to the fantastic Grand Oaks staff and Kids Central’s volunteers, Steak and Polo For Kids was a success.  It was touching to see the regular supporters of Kids Central come out to the Grand Oaks Resort in Weirsdale, but also to have new persons attended as well. Over 100 tickets were sold.



Donor Recognition

The Kids Central Resource Center received a surprise visit from a young donor. Matthew came by April 26th to share some of his shoes, socks, and pants he no longer wears. His contribution is much appreciated. Thank you.


On Top of the World Sewing Bees

The Kids Central Resource Center received a generous and creative donation of handmade quilt kits from the On Top of the World Sewing Bees. Quilt kits consist of a handmade drawstring bag, containing a handmade quilt and a matching pillow or stuffed animal. Pictured here is Marcy Askenase with one of the creations. It’s important for each child to personally own something and these beautiful kits will provide children with a sense of ownership and comfort.