Alegria's Kickin' for Kids!
About Alegria's Kickin' for Kids, Inc.
The Krewe of Alegria was formed in 1986 by Dianne Henry and Dyann “Rocky” Valdez. Alegria is an all women’s
civic organization made up of professional women in the Tampa Bay Area. After the Krewe of Alegria had grown
in membership it was incorporated as Alegria Group, Inc. in 2004. Our members were asking to do more community
service and were willing to use personal resources to do so. Dianne Henry, an owner and operator of day schools in
the Tampa area witnessed firsthand that many children were in need of proper shoes. Children were coming to her
day school with shoes that were too big, too small, in poor condition and in extreme cases they were cutting out the
toes of shoes because they were too small or toddlers came wearing only socks. In the case of school age children
the stigma attached was great and frequently caused negative behaviors in school. Understanding that parents
cannot always do their best when their children are in need and research confirming that children do not learn well under such pressure, the personal cause that The Krewe of Alegria was looking for was obvious and “Alegria's Kickin’ for Kids” became established by members of the Krewe of Alegria. In 2005, Alegria’s Kickin for Kids, Inc.was incorporated as a not-for-profit charitable organization and obtained 501(c)3 status.
The mission of the Alegria’s Kickin’ for Kids is very clear. We will provide new athletic style school shoes to children in need. Our main distribution is in December of each year just prior to the holiday winter break. We not only assist individual children, but help other not-for-profit charitable organizations in our community. Recipients of new shoes have been Hope Children’s Home, The Salesian Boys and Girls Club, Metropolitan Ministries, Cornerstone Kids, Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, Safety Harbor Community Center, Hillsborough and Pinellas County Public Schools and others. All of this has been made possible through the contributions of Alegria members and corporate sponsors such as A. Kilbride Insurance, the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association, Hamburger Mary's, David Alexander Fine Jewelry, Roche Securities, Brier Grieves Insurance, and Amy Mandel from Feet First. Additionally, we co-partner with Inter-krewe Council members and other individuals in the Tampa Bay Area. Because of this networking success, we are proud to say that over 3,500 pairs of new shoes have been given to needy children throughout Tampa Bay in recent years!
*Alegria’s Kickin’ for Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Florida Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free from within the State 1-800-435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recommendation by the State. Alegria’s Kickin’ for Kids, Inc. and Alegria Group, Inc. does not utilize the services of professional solicitors and therefore receives 100% of each contribution.(Alegria’s Kickin’ for Kids, Inc. EIN #20-3690003, FDACS CH 25290
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