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Posted: Friday, August 26, 2011 5:00 pm

A new fundraiser for the Kyrene Foundation aims to put local youth to work to help out their fellow students in need.

On Saturday, the Castle at Ashley Manor in Chandler will host the Children Helping Children Breakfast, a first-time fundraising event to benefit the nearly 350 homeless families and others in need within the Kyrene School District.

The students will help in the set-up and clean-up of the event and they will also be putting on a fashion show. More than 45 have signed up to volunteer at the breakfast.

"We are really trying to involve children in the community," said MarJean Steinkamp, an organizer for the event. "We are trying to make them aware that help is needed in their own backyard. This event will help promote awareness of the need for back-to-school clothing and volunteerism."

Apart from expenses, 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Kyrene Foundation, which supports the Kyrene Family Resource Center that provides goods such as clothing and toiletries to district families in need.

More than 20 local businesses have donated either supplies or services to help with the breakfast.

"So many of the companies have given their time and talents and for that we are grateful," Steinkamp said.

For a first-time event, she hopes it can become another top fundraiser, like the main event each year - the Taste of Kyrene, which raised $45,000 in February for the Kyrene Foundation.

"The Taste of Kyrene is a lot of work but it is a huge reward," Steinkamp said. "People are very generous when they know it is for a good cause."

The breakfast will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Ashley Manor, 1380 S. Price Road in Chandler.

A minimum donation of $20 per person or $50 per family is being asked for at the entrance. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

Activities include bounce houses and a yo-yo demonstration.

Play stations will offer LEGO building, doll building and face painting.

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