UF Students Sell Kids Count

I visited Lucky’s Market on Sunday to meet a group of UF students who organized a bake sale to raise money for Kids Count. What I encountered when I arrived was so much more than just cookies and cakes. I was greeted with warm welcomes, friendly faces, and seamless service.

Brain Condra  and Caleb Godwin worked the sales table as Allison Taylor, Brittany Jolly and King Ho offered flyers and invites to incoming shoppers. The presentation was perfect and it was apparent they had thought of every detail. They even had a donation box and a simple supply list for shoppers who preferred to purchase items in store. They were well organized and their wonderful personalities were really the icing on the cake.
It’s amazing to witness people from different walks of life coming together for the Kids Count cause. King Ho, a study abroad student from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology describes studying at UF and getting involved in the local community as “the best experience of my life.”

Brian Condra, a 4th year Business Management major and a graduate of Gainesville High School is surprised he had never heard of Kids Count, but is looking forward to continuing his support of the program.



The common thread connecting these students to Kids Count traces back to Dennis DiPasquale, adjunct lecturer of sales management in the Marketing Department at the UF Warrington College of Business.

Combining his heart for giving back with his passion for teaching, Dennis gave his students the choice of a few local organizations as a focus for their fundraising assignment. Kids Count is lucky to be one of the chosen few. Dennis is also the UF Faculty Advisory for UF Circle K International,  or CKI, a collegiate service organization within the Kiwanis Family. Through his involvement with this organization during his undergraduate studies at Rowan University, Dennis became a big believer in giving back.

At Kids Count we’ve very appreciatively found ourselves in the middle of a friendly competition as two student groups have chosen Kids Count for this assignment.

Naturally you’d think the group raising the most money takes the cake, but Dennis is really considering what value was brought to the organization through the fundraising efforts. He is taking into account how students connected the organization to the community and considering the creative ways they’ve raised awareness.

We are so grateful for people like Dennis and both of the student groups who’ve chosen to use their talents on our behalf. Their efforts are helping us to continue to make a positive impact on the lives of children and their families.

Whether it be by volunteering at one of our Kids Count locations, donating supplies, providing a fun and enriching learning experience for our students or getting a group together to hold a fundraising event, you can get involved too! There are a variety of ways you can support Kids Count. We are always looking for new ways to connect with community partners.

If you have a creative idea of how you’d like to give back to Kids Count, please email me at [email protected]gmail.com.  If you’d like to make a monetary donation to Kids Count you can do so via Pay Pal here! Or you can mail a check or money order to:

Kids Count in Alachua County Inc.

P.O. Box 358272 
Gainesville, FL 32635