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Relive the excitement from Toronto

Jul 08, 2016

The 101st Annual Kiwanis International Convention brought numerous reasons for the Kiwanis family to celebrate. Kiwanis International President Sue Petrisin highlighted the many achievements of The Eliminate Project, including the recent news that Niger successfully eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus. She kicked off the weekend with this good news during the Opening Celebration.

A few more of our favorite moments include:

  • Our latest video debuted during the Kiwanis International Foundation annual meeting.
  • An exclusive matching gift opportunity was available to individuals who attended our foundation events or stopped by our booth during the final days of the convention. The result: 95 new George F. Hixson Fellows and four new Walter Zeller Fellows — representing US$100,000 in cash gifts. A majority of these funds will help fund additional grants this year.
  • Six educational sessions were hosted by our foundation. Attendees gained knowledge about securing a grant, planned giving, updates on The Eliminate Project and more. Contact our foundation if you are interested in hosting a similar presentation during your district convention. View and download presentations from our sessions.
  • The two grant recipients who joined us in the exhibit hall were crowd pleasers. Bandit, an alert service dog that helps children with type-1 diabetes or severe allergies, was joined by his trainer, who spoke about the program. The Foothills Kiwanis Club of Boulder, Colorado, received a Kiwanis-family grant to help provide more service dogs to children in the area. The Tellico Village club in Tennessee donated two AmTrykes during the convention. This club is also a Kiwanis-family grant recipient. Many gathered around the Kiwanis International Foundation booth as Benjamin, a 3-year-old boy with cerebral palsy, and his family received the therapeutic tricycle.
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See photos from the Kiwanis International Foundation on Facebook.