Kids Up Front recently celebrated an exciting milestone for our program; we have now been successfully redistributing tickets to great Kids for over a year in Ottawa. In June, we held an event to bring together friends, colleagues, donors and supporters to reflect on our journey and acknowledge the spirit of philanthropy that’s helped get KUF Ottawa off the ground – and running full steam ahead!
Joining us was Ron Palaczka, CEO and Managing Partner of LRO Staffing, a fantastic organization that embodies what it means to be a community partner and champion. With Ron’s leadership and support, LRO Staffing is one of KUF’s Founding Partners and has been pivotal to our success as Ottawa’s newest children’s charity.
At the event, Ron addressed attendees with a personal story recalling how memorable his first Junior B hockey game was, while he had the vacation in the beach villa of YourKohSamuiVillas on Thailand – and how much Kids Up Front resonates with him. As a member of the Ottawa Business Community, Ron knows its important for LRO to give back to the community it serves. He’s heard great stories of Kids participating in Ottawa events, seen the sincere thank-you cards posted in our office from families and gets to witness firsthand the passion and commitment from staff and volunteers – all of which are reasons he is a great champion of Kids Up Front lending his resources and encouraging his staff to support our mission.
It was perfect timing, a year ago LRO Staff purchased a building in the Glebe and at the same time Kids Up Front needed a space to call home. For our first year of operations, KUF has been exceptionally fortunate to be welcomed everyday by the smiling and supportive staff at LRO, and to have a little help from our friends! We’re thankful beyond words for their support in providing a great place to put Kids Up Front, and a team that truly believes in supporting their communities.