KBK Foundation Celebrates Black History Month 2023
During the month of February we celebrated Black History Month by using our platforms to highlight black professionals who have testimonies that speak to this year’s Black History theme, Resistance. Our campaign included a brief interview where we got to discover some of the adversities Whitney Taylor (DJ), Amber Mitchell (School Psychologist), and Darrick Forrest Jr. (NFL Athlete) faced pursuing their career, and overall, their perspective on “Black Resistance.”
2022 KBKF Holiday Season
During the 2022 Holiday season KBK Foundation hosted a holiday party at The Heritage and hosted The Columbus Symphony Orchestra. In Pittsburgh, CSS proudly served over 600 toys with Toys4Tots to our residents.
Harvest Festival at The Heritage
The Heritage hosts an annual Harvest Festival for their residents to celebrate the fall and holiday season!
Culture Black Fine Art Expo October 2022
KBK Foundation has initiated the Culture: Black Fine Art Expo to showcase the importance of Black Fine Art as an investment and as an expression of Black culture. KBK Foundation has selected several reputable galleries and purveyors of Black Fine Art from around the country to participate in our second Black Fine Art event and the first annual Culture: Black Fine Art Expo.
The Heritage CSS Summer Program
Community Relations Officer at The Heritage, Angela Miles, had the perfect opportunity to host a series of career days for the students during the annual Summer Program powered by Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services.
Keith Key Surprise SPHINX "Philanthropic Link" Induction
Sphinx at The Ohio State University boasts a heritage of pride and tradition stronger than any other organization on campus. Sphinx bestowed membership onto the 24 students and three honorary members selected by the Class of 2021 for upholding the highest ideals of scholarship, leadership, camaraderie, citizenship, and service at The Ohio State University.
2021 Holiday Season of Giving
After another COVID year with limited interaction, The KBK Foundation’s team of Community Relations Officers (CRO), made it their mission to provide some Holiday Cheer for the residents of our communities! Every year the KBK Foundation partnered with organizations to provide some sort of holiday experience for our residents. This year (Holiday Season 2021), KBK Foundation partner with Tidwell Group’s Impact Foundation and Toys 4 Tots.
Official Unveil of The Keith & Donica Key Ampitheater
The evening began with the official unveiling of the Keith & Donica Key Outdoor Amphitheater. Located at 250 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio.
Giant Eagle Grocery Pick-Up Point: Homewood
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.
Summer 2021 Reading Program with Reading is Fundamental
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.
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:
2020 COVID-19 Resident Impact Report
Supporting and providing necessary assistance, connections, and resources in time of need was critical and life sustaining. From providing meals, financial assistance and relief, and other free or reduced cost programs has been the priority. Here is a snapshot of the positive impact we have had on our residents in the year of 2020:
Residents Old And New Gather for Community Days
Each summer, The KBK Foundation, development partner of KBK Enterprises, sponsors Resident Community Days at residential sites that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises. These festivals introduced three years ago, are a unique way for young and old to interact, fellowship and meet new residents that have joined respective communities at Garfield Commons, Pittsburgh, PA, The Heritage, Columbus, OH and The Foster House, Washington, DC.
Residents gather for a day filled with laughter and smiles, dancing, eating, and games. Various activities are available at each of the sites such as sack racing, art projects, video game trucks, facing painting and dunk tanks. However it is the instituted partnerships made by The KBK Foundation with non-profit entities and agencies such as the Allegheny Bomb Squad and Columbus Fire Department that prove to be a "big hit" with our residents. Participating vendors such as Molina Healthcare, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Gateway Health, and UPMC Children's Hospital provide free screenings to residents at these events. Our much needed team of KBK staff members and volunteers continue to make our community days for our residents, young and old, a huge success.