Funds for Families
The IACKids Fundraiser at The Joyce Irish Pub on August 13 will help with expenses for families who are caring for seriously ill children.
For parents faced with caring for a terminally or seriously ill child, being by their side night or day, calming their fears, wiping their tears and providing comfort and support is just a natural reaction. But for many middle-income parents who find themselves in this situation, the stakes are higher. Though they want nothing more than to be there for their sick child, they may lose their job because of time away, be forced to reduce their hours or take unpaid medical leave — all contributing to a financial burden on top of an already trying period in their lives.
IACKids, originally founded in Rochester, New York, and now expanding its operations to New Hanover and Brunswick counties, provides families with financial assistance if they are unable to afford their housing, transportation, medical costs, groceries and other bills so they can concentrate on their child. And thanks to the passion of one local good Samaritan, Nona Phelps, IACKids’s mission is gaining traction to help local families.
When Phelps, a 33-year-old mother of four young children and a sales agent for Cavik Insurance, first heard about IACKids, she knew she had to do something to help.
“It just pulled at my heart’s strings,” Phelps says. “I felt an urge to help in any way possible to make people aware of the organization.”
She set up a meeting with John Butera, one of the founders of the nonprofit organization, and volunteered to organize a fundraiser.
Phelps immediately went to Pat Gaynor and Laura Richardson at The Joyce Irish Pub in Leland to see if they would host the event.
“The fundraiser wouldn’t be possible without them donating their space,” Phelps says.
The fundraiser is set for Saturday, August 13 at The Joyce Irish Pub in Leland. It is a family-friendly event complete with a donated bounce house from Fowler’s Funflatables and fairy hair donated by Brianna Price Hair. For the adults there will be cocktails and live music by the Flattop Mafia.
Several local businesses have donated items for the live auction. Lemacks Media donated a web development package, Dalisay Salon donated a Belle Sculpt package, Talbot Wraps donated a vehicle wrap job and K Wolf Fitness donated a five-week boot camp.
“All of these and more will be available during the live auction,” Phelps says. “Also, the auction will be emceed by John Butera of IACKids.”
There will also be a handful of raffle items throughout the evening, and each event ticket purchase includes one raffle ticket. On the night of the event, if attendees want to donate $20 on their phone during announce times, they’ll also receive a free raffle ticket.
“This is a way The Joyce patrons are able to participate in the raffle if they would like,” Phelps says.
Other financial contributions already committed to IACKids include Phelps’s employer, Cavik Insurance, as well as True Homes, who will match their employees’ contributions. The Joyce is also donating a portion of beer sales for the evening.
On why she decided to help IACKids, Phelps says, “I’m a doer. I just wanted to help make more people aware. You can donate to big organizations that is paying for corporate salaries and you don’t always know where your money is going. The founders of IACKids all have full-time jobs, they’re just doing this in their free time to help as many people as possible. That spoke to me.”
Want to go?
Saturday, August 13, 5 to 7 pm
The Joyce Irish Pub, 1174 Turlington Avenue #101, Leland
Learn more about IACKids at iackids.org.
Tickets for children ages 1 to 12 are $25 each and include a child’s meal and activities.
Adults do not need to purchase a ticket. To purchase children’s tickets for the event (ages 1 to 12), use the QR code here.