Archives by Year: 2021

SAVE THE DATE: KBKF & Golden Galleries Presents a Black Fine Art Fair

SAVE THE DATE: We are excited to announce the KBK Foundation Golden Galleries and The Ohio State University will be hosting its next black fine art fair this time for entire weekend, beginning November 11th, 2021, through November 14th in Columbus, OH. Friday, November 12th, will begin the fair and will be open to the public from Columbus and the surrounding areas.

Come join us as we explore the rich black culture from the lenses of some of the most well recognized artist around the country, live music, food, and drinks and learn about the initiatives the KBK Foundation provide within our communities. This will be a weekend to remember!

To see a glimpse of our previous art gallery event with Keith Golden click here.

For a daily program of the art fair view the flyer and if you have any additional inquires contact Keith Golden.

“Let’s Art About It”

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Friday, August 13, 2021, 345 E. 5th Ave, Columbus, OH

The KBK Foundation and Golden Galleries partnered to hosts the first “Let’s Art About It” a fine art fundraising event for the KBK Foundation.

This was an invite-only event with approximately 60 guests in attendance. The gallery was provided by Golden Galleries and featured fine art by some of the most recognized black artists including George Hunt, Charly Palmer, Twin and many more, was displayed and for sale at the event. The art pieces ranged from $500- $115,000 that included a variety of media types.

To kick off the evening, Keith Golden, Owner of Golden Galleries presented a short speech introducing himself and discussing his passion for art. Golden then explored topics such as the value of art, how to purchase art, what to look for in art, etc., which was followed by a brief Q&A session.  The entire evening was filled with great energy and spirit. The guests ranged from men to women, young professionals to well established Attorneys, CEOs, Executives, Deans of Colleges and much more from the Greater Columbus area. In result, created a unique, collective atmosphere, which was exactly what the Foundation was aiming towards. “Wow, it’s so amazing to see so many young minorities here tonight interested in art,” said a guest as they exited the building. Throughout the entire night guests complimented the event space, food, drinks, art pieces, and to top it off the smooth-classic jams from DJ Beez as they socialized and danced the night away.

Rosetta Brown, KBK Foundation Board Member and Owner & CEO of RH Brown and Co. led the event, as well as determining an agreement the Foundation will receive a percentage of proceeds from each art piece sold that night. Prior to the event Rosetta along with the other board members set a goal to raise $10k. We are delighted to announce that we surpassed the set goal, which came from the proceeds of the art sales, and the KBK Foundation donation fund! Thank you so much for everyone who attended the fundraiser and found it in them to donate to support our cause.

These funds will help us tremendously with KBK Foundation operational costs, continuing current CSS initiatives, furthering our philanthropic efforts, and upcoming board initiatives. We cannot wait to share with you what is in store for the future of the KBK Foundation.”

Keith Golden & Golden Galleries:

To learn more about Keith Golden & Golden Galleries, See more.

Special thanks To: Rosetta Brown (Organizer/Board Member), Todd Reed (Event-Space Curator), Golden Galleries (Art Gallery), Silent Type Media (Photographer/Videographer), Stay Clean, LLC (Janitorial Service), DJ Beez (Entertainment), Battiste LaFleur (Floral), Cameron Mitchell’s Catering (Food), The Private Pour (Bar Service), KBK Foundation Board Members, Rhino Security Guards Bryce Smith & Alioune Camara as well as the set-up crew and our volunteers for the evening!

Link to video: https://youtu.be/ibQPicqXGGI

Summer 2021 Reading Program with Reading is Fundamental

With so many distractions in today’s society in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic social injustices we’ve been experiencing, it is simply tough for kids to enjoy being kids. With students being homeschooled over the past year, the KBK Foundation’s supportive services team made it a priority to provide our residents and the children in our communities with needed resources like lunch, healthy snacks, fresh produce, hot meals, cleaning supplies, personal protective equipment and much more. It has always been a part of our Foundation’s mission to focus on Education and Empowerment of our residents and the children of our communities. Many extracurricular educational initiatives were cancelled over the year which made it harder for the children of our communities to get involved.

This Summer (2021), Irene Sparks, KBK Foundation Community Relations Officer, partnered with Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) to host a reading program for students of Garfield Commons, owned by KBK Enterprises. “Reading expands your imagination and builds your communication skills. One thing our Foundation focuses on is making sure wherever our presence, we strive to be a good neighbor, sharing the concerns of our communities and dedicating our capabilities, resources and people to creating a better future,” said Sparks.  

Children enjoyed receiving new books each week from RIF and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh while earning weekly prizes for hitting their reading goals. For every 50 books read, students got to select from an assortment of toys and education items each week! The first person to read 200 books by August 6th was declared the winner. The winner this year was a bright young woman in the second grade who already is reading three grade levels ahead. Irene and RIF were amazed by her passion for reading and had a chance to speak with her mother. “My daughter loves to read; it amazes me, and it will all pay off when she reaches her dream of becoming a doctor,” said her mother.  

“I Am” Daily Affirmation: 

Another method used to connect with the children was daily “I Am” affirmations to instill confidence and self-awareness. On their first day of the reading program Irene noticed the students had some challenges with their confidence and self-identity. “It is very important for children to have an identity,” said Irene. In some cases, children are not exposed to experiences that are deemed as unconventional for their community and backgrounds. On the other hand, lack of representation can be a huge factor in children lacking confidence and self-identity. Lately, representation has been in the forefront in the film and media industry from movies like “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” and “Superwoman,” making sure  representations of the world presented through films and media are truthful and properly demonstrated. For this activity children were given instructions every day before reading to create and share a positive affirmation about themselves. “Week by week the affirmations improved, it started off a little rocky with a lot of second guessing, but around week three they were able to quickly think of an abundant of positive words to say about themselves and were proud to share it to the rest of the group. That was truly a peak moment of the entire program,” said Irene.  

KBK Foundation aims to ensure all community members, from children to seniors, are provided with resources and opportunities to build a successful future. Education and empowerment are particularly important to us, and we believe this is a key to achieving success.

Special Thanks to Reading is Fundamental (RIF) and The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for your partnership and donations! 

Giant Eagle Grocery Pick-Up Point: Homewood

Over the past year, access to fresh food has been a tremendous concern for many Americans especially those living in underserved communities. According to a 2017 article from Post-Gazette, “Homewood is sometimes referred to as “food desert,” though it does have lots of nonprofit and other initiatives to get food to residents.”

In efforts to provide access to fresh food and produce, Giant Eagle and Irene Sparks, Community Relations Officer at Kelly Hamilton Homes, partnered to provide a community grocery pick-up point for the Homewood community.  The Giant Eagle program was created out of a need for residents who used the Shakespeare Street Giant Eagle to access fresh food, with the understanding that this long-time access to food would be shut down for approximately 18 months due to a new development in its space. During the redevelopment of this area many residents would not have access to another grocery store within 5 miles of their homes. This now created a hardship of transportation and access to groceries.  After, discussions with the Pittsburgh City Council the program of curbside delivery was offered by the Giant Eagle company to allow residents the opportunity to order their food and have it delivered at designated locations in the various surrounding communities, and the Kelly Hamilton Community Center was chosen as a designated drop off location.  The CSS team has assisted with the technology necessary to connect to the Giant Eagle portal and assisted with creating the residents accounts to order.

What is a Food Desert?

According to an article from foodispower.org, “Food deserts can be described as geographic areas where residents’ access to affordable, healthy food options (especially fresh fruits and vegetables) is restricted or nonexistent due to the absence of grocery stores within convenient traveling distance. For instance, according to a report prepared for Congress by the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture, about 2.3 million people (or 2.2 percent of all US households) live more than one mile away from a supermarket and do not own a car. [1] In urban areas, access to public transportation may help residents overcome the difficulties posed by distance, but economic forces have driven grocery stores out of many cities in recent years, making them so few and far between that an individual’s food shopping trip may require taking several buses or trains. In suburban and rural areas, public transportation is either very limited or unavailable, with supermarkets often many miles away from people’s homes.”

Giant Eagle Community Pick-Up Point in Homewood:

Every Monday, beginning in May 2021, Giant Eagle delivers fresh food and produce to the residents of Kelly Hamilton Home with no delivery fees. To qualify for the service, you must spend a minimum of $35 and must register and submit your shopping lists each Sunday prior to the delivery. In the beginning, the program did not accept any SNAP benefits and many of our residents were not interested, but after working hard with the Giant Eagle team, Irene was finally able to get Giant Eagle to accept SNAP benefits for the program. Now to purchase groceries, residents can submit their orders online, have them delivered to the pick-up point with NO delivery fee, and use their SNAP benefits!

After speaking with one of our senior citizen residents, they expressed how grateful they are for this pick-up point, “Now that Giant Eagle closed, I was going to have to drive an extra 20 minutes to get to a store, this makes my life so much easier and I do not have to harass my kids to come pick me up and take me to the store anymore,” said Kelly Hamilton Homes resident.

With this initiative, our community has more access to fresh food and produce, as well as providing a safe and convenient option for our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 Season of Giving

2020 put a halt on some of the Foundation’s events and programs that were planned for the year. However, our Foundation Board and the Community Relations Officers quickly adapted by collaborating with our amazing community partners and donors. With their support, we were able to gather resources and plan some events throughout the year. Here are some highlights of our recent holiday events:

The University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, Pitt Community Engagement Center, and Mason’s Lodge #36 donated turkeys, stuffing, potatoes, canned vegetables, gravy, dessert, and University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department face masks to 46 Skyline Terrace senior households and 31 additional families additional families on November 21, 2020. These items were packaged in a Pitt duffel bag cooler and delivered door-to-door by KBK Community Relations Officer Marcia Scott, the Pitt Community Engagement Director and Masons from Lodge #36. The residents were very appreciative and overwhelmed with excitement when they found out the Pitt bag was for them to keep!

KBK Foundation Community Supportive Services (CSS), did not have its annual Family Resource Holiday Dinner this year.  In collaboration with Rhino security, children ages 0-14 had the opportunity to receive a toy due to the generosity of the US Marine Corp and Mason Lodge #36.

December 19, 2020 several partners gathered to deliver 100 holiday meals throughout the hill district. The partners included The Bedford Tenant Council, The Center That CARES, the NFL Players Association-Pittsburgh Chapter, and our very own KBK safety officers.

One of our biggest events this year was completely scaled back. Our Holiday Celebration this year was a toy give away. This toy give away was by appointment only. Walk ups were not allowed. Garfield Commons hosted theirs on Dec 21 and Kelly Hamilton Dec 22nd.

Lastly, on Christmas day in collaboration with Prism, Treehouse, Foot Locker LA and other community partners, The Office of Mayor Aja Brown (Compton) hosted a giveaway for the youth of Compton, California. The children were nominated by their community and the foundation was able to gift kids with gift cards from Target and Footlocker! It was such an amazing experience seeing their smiling faces and look forward to the future opportunities  in Compton.

Want to join us in making a difference? We’re raising money to benefit The KBK Foundation Donate (paypal.com).  Any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance, this cause means so much to  us! #WeServU