A Central Valley tradition, Kids Day is an eagerly anticipated annual event for many thousands of area residents anxious to support the region’s children’s hospital that has helped so many of our children.
Among its many supporters, the staff at Avenal State Prison has always been there to support the various fund-raising and awareness campaigns for Children’s Hospital Central California. The facility is a 338 bed inpatient facility that has saved countless lives of children with serious medical conditions.
“Our staff is proud to support the efforts of Children’s Hospital and the hard work all of the volunteers that have made Kids Day a strong valley tradition,” said Avenal Warden (A) Scott McEwen.
Since 1988, major valley media like The Fresno Bee and Fresno television station ABC-30 provide an opportunity for community volunteers to give back to the hospital. Kids Day places volunteers on street corners, medians, in front of grocery stores and shopping malls with newspapers that focus on the success story of children facing long odds of survival or a steep road to recovery following a tragic or accidental medical emergency.
The Kings Guild is one of the original supporting fundraising groups for Children’s Hospital. Founded in 1949 to support several area hospitals, the Guild became fully committed to its partnership with the hospital in 1955. Children’s has remained the Guild’s sole recipient of support since then.
This year three members of the Kings Guild, Scott Frauenheim (Associate Warden, ASP), Steve and Leah Garrison (Sgt.& Officer, ASP) along with Avenal Correctional Officer Karen Donez and Lupe Mayer (retired, Department of Mental Health) brought Kids Day to Avenal State Prison. Guild members arrived at ASP before dawn, braving a chilling breeze. Coming and going staff members were offered the special issue of the Fresno Bee and were encouraged to donate for this noble cause.
Like the many thousands of other community members committed to helping the children of the Central Valley, these outstanding individuals walked away with the sense that they were helping make a difference.