Restaurateur Marc Penvenne has partnered with Kids Helping Kids in creating a special smoothie drink to raise awareness and funds for the nonprofit, which is based in Stamford and serves lower Fairfield County.
The Meli-Melo juice bar smoothie drink—named Youth Empowerment by a KHK Youth Advisory Council member, Sophia Camodeo – is made with fresh raspberry, pineapple and apple. A percentage from the sales of this smoothie will support KHK programs. In addition, 5% from $50 and 10% from $100 Meli-Melo gift card sales will be donated back to the organization.
“We are happy to help the community, especially kids,” Penvenne said in a statement. “Meli-Melo started out as a 12-seat creperie over two and a half decades ago and our main customer base was kids and teens who loved our fresh juices, all-natural ice cream, sorbet and our variety of sweet and savory crepes. Supporting this demographic is important, they are the future and we’re happy to help raise awareness for this valuable program.”
“Kids Helping Kids is thrilled to partner with Meli-Melo on a new fundraising initiative,” said KHK executive director Jennifer Bentley.”Our organization was founded by Lexi Kelley, a 12-year-old girl who suffered a really bad car accident and spent a lot of time in the hospital recovering. Lexi said it was all the little acts of kindness that she received from her family and friends that inspired her to create a platform where kids could feel the power that they have to make a difference. We are so grateful to Meli-Melo for supporting this endeavor and helping raise funds for our youth programming.”
Today, 11 years since its launch, the KHK mission is to develop leadership skills through youth-led service projects. Volunteers work together to plan meaningful projects to benefit underserved children in the community. During the project planning process, they are developing critical life skills such as communication, confidence, public speaking and accountability. This month KHK is hosting an online auction from Oct. 12 through 18 that includes a $50 Meli-Melo gift card.
– Georgette Gouveia