Free ice cream social to benefit Kate’s Kart

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The ninth annual Ice Cream Social Fundraiser benefiting Kate’s Kart will be held Saturday, June 17, at Riverside Gardens, 14701 Schwartz Road in Leo-Cedarville. Hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

This event is open to the public, and will feature free ice cream, pony rides, kiddie games and prizes, inflatables, rides, plus live, family-friendly music and entertainment. All activities and performances are free, with donations accepted at the gate to support the organization’s mission. Hot dogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. There will also be an Usborne Book Fair where books can be purchased for personal use or to donate to the organization.

Kate’s Kart is a not-for-profit organization that supplies free books to hospitalized children to keep for their enjoyment. Through the gifting of new books, Kate’s Kart works to provide a distraction to children experiencing life in a hospital setting. Kate’s Kart was founded in 2008 by the Layman family in memory of their daughter, Katherine Anne Layman, who is affectionately known to family and friends as “Baby Kate.”

In just under nine years, the organization has grown to service 18 northeast Indiana hospitals via 28 book karts. A team of 100 volunteers, plus additional hospital staff give away more than 3,000 brand new books every month to children in the hospital. “To date, over 158,000 books have brought smiles, distraction and hope to hospitalized children and their families,” the organization said in a statement.

For more information, visit KatesKart.org, or contact Cheryl at (260) 999-6173, or email info@kateskart.org.