Kids raise $50,000 for charity at local event

Various elementary and middle school students through Central Ohio made a gallant effort Sunday morning in Genoa Park in Columbus in an attempt to break a Guinness World Record for longest penny chain.

“We wanted to do something to show the community what Columbus is capable of and what these kids are capable of,” See Kids Dream Executive Director Bill Grindle told a local reporter. “So this event is really about showing off what these kids have done.”

And although the kids finished a little short in their attempt to break the record, they raised about $50,000 to support local charitable causes.

The event featured over 1,500 students from 47 Central Ohio schools who placed an estimated 6 million pennies in a trail at the park.

PFR IS BACK – On the 20th anniversary of its Grammy-nominated album debut, Pray For Rain, on Sparrow Records, Dove Award-winning Christian rock band PFR has reunited and is prepping for the 12 in 2012…And Beyond Tour, their first national tour since 1997.

Concerts will take the band to Portland, Ore., Kansas City, Nashville, Indianapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, and the Arizona cities of Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff. For the tour, the legendary band has partnered with ChildFund International to encourage sponsorship of special needs children throughout the world.

PFR chose to work with ChildFund, in part, because of bass player and vocalist Patrick Andrew’s personal story as the father of two special needs children. Because ChildFund utilizes a unique organizational structure, there is only one donor per child, so each donor is able to build a personal, one-to-one relationship with their sponsored child.

“This is so hard on a family to go through, and we have the best doctors, hospitals and equipment,” explains Andrew, whose youngest son, Samuel, fights an autoimmune disease, and oldest son, Everett, lives with autism. “I can’t imagine what it is like for a family in a less fortunate part of the world to watch their child go through an illness and not be able to make sure that they have the best care. ChildFund has offered us the opportunity to offer sponsorships for special needs kids, and that’s really exciting for me.”

“ChildFund is excited to partner with PFR,” says Anne Lynam Goddard, president & CEO of ChildFund. “This partnership will introduce new audiences to ChildFund’s work in 31 countries and the life-changing impact of sponsorship.”

The new tour is a tribute, the band members say, to their friendships and music of the past two decades.

“It’s been 20 years since we released our very first album, Pray for Rain,” says frontman/guitarist Joel Hanson. “This new tour feels like a really good way to celebrate the music and the bond that has held us and our fans together all these years.”

“We’ve had this conversation about touring again for several years,” adds drummer Mark Nash. “Occasionally we’ve gotten together to do a show. We’re still really good friends, and when we are on stage that same chemistry and energy is still there.”

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