Monday, September 10, 2012

A Great Day with KFA in Plymouth Meeting

The Kids with Food Allergies Foundation had their annual fundraising Expo – Strides for Safe Kids – on Sunday in Plymouth Meeting (near Philly). I was there to sign books, but also as a member of the Board of Directors of Kids with Food Allergies. If you couldn’t be there, here’s a bit of what you missed.

It was a beautiful day and we arrived early to set up.

Lynda Mitchell, KFA CEO and President was greeting people and make sure things were running smoothly.

I wasn’t the only one signing books – Sloane Miller, author of Allergic Girl was there too! Here she is (on the left) with Heidi Bayer (right), Chair of the Board of Directors for KFA.

Later in the morning, Heidi Bayer, KFA board chair, presented Pennsylvania Representative Thomas Murt with a certificate of appreciation for his legislative efforts to protect children with food allergies in school. Representative Murt is a co-sponsor of the Pennsylvania House bill for “School Access to Emergency Epinephrine.

I was busy signing books...

... while Kyle Dine entertained the kids.

The best part of the day was talking to the parents (and the kids) about their favorite foods. The positive energy was everywhere!

The very first book I signed was for a couple that came in with their grandson. They were all beaming from ear to ear. The proud grandmother informed me that her daughter had told her she must get a signed copy of my book. We talked a bit about her grandson’s food allergies, and then she told me that her daughter would been there herself, but she just had a baby on Saturday and was still in the hospital. (Between you and me, having a baby is as good a reason as I can think of to miss an event!) She asked me to sign the book to Kathryn, and I paused – Wait, I know her! Yes, the very first person I signed a book for was Kathryn Macado, who blogs about raising her family with food allergies at Mamacado and is a frequent visitor here! Congratulations Kathryn on the new baby, and enjoy the book!

Kids with Food Allergies is a national non-profit, and helps families struggling with food allergies every day. Even if you live in another part of country you can still help. The event is continuing as a “virtual fundraiser” until early December. On the top right of this screen you will see a donation button. Whether you donate through my page, to another Kids with Food Allergies giving page, or directly, doesn’t matter one bit, but if you can, please consider a small donation. Thank you for your support!


Kathryn @ Mamacado said...

Thank you for the kind words Colette! My family was very excited to meet you, and while I was disappointed I couldn't attend the expo, I was excited to look through your book when they got home. Can't wait to try out the delicious recipes soon!

Colette said...

Kathryn, I am so glad to hear you all doing well!