The Kiwanis Club of Norfolk raises money for charities in two ways: 1) We have a Foundation that accepts charitable donations that meet the IRS’s criteria for being tax deductible. Our Golf Tournament, and individual donations are the primary way we receive these funds.

However, some things we find necessary to support the community don’t fit into the nice box of being tax deductible. For these items 2) we raise funds through pouring beverages at various Festevents activities. You might think of the revenue sharing we do with the organization like this: Festevents keeps the price of a drink for the various costs of putting on the festival, and we are permitted to keep the tips.

 This is the way we fund the James Monroe Holiday Party. Our annual picnics at Edmarc Hospice for Children and the Holiday House are also supported by these Festvents activities. Parents of the residents of Edmarc and Holiday House are served at these events as are the support staff of each of the organizations. Our members like to break bread with the folks supported by these organizations too. As heart-warming as serving parents, staff, and Kiwanians is though, the IRS does not permit tax deductions for it.

Participating in the Festevents activities provides load of fun for our club members. Not only to we get to meet members of the community we wouldn’t know otherwise, but we also get to see and hear fireworks, performing arts, and awesome music: Harborfest is always on our calendar. There are always a few other events annually as well, allowing us to raise more money, and experience a wider variety of the festivals: Recent work at Festevents activities has included the Spring Wine Festival, the Fall Craft Beer festival, and outdoor symphony concerts: These never afford participants a dull moment.