Craig’s Kempo Karate Kick-a-thon Continues!

Kempo Karate Fundraiser for St. Francis House

Craig’s Kempo Karate in Watertown continued their support of St. Francis House by pledging the proceeds of their annual Kickathon, held on March 18th, to St. Francis House.

Hundreds of students from the Watertown dojo were in attendance Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club in Watertown to kick to their heart’s content, with each kick raising critical funds for the programs and services at St. Francis House. Students from the dojo asked friends and family to support their kicking efforts in advance by pledging a dollar value PER KICK at the event –from pennies to dollars per kick –through multiple rounds that lasted several hours.  In addition to the pledged kicks, the Kickathon supports St. Francis House with funds raised a bake sale, silent auction and raffles.

Second year!

Last year the event raised over $10,000 for St Francis House and while the funds are still being collected, all accounts are that this year’s event was a huge success.

 Anita Craig (Mrs. Renshi to her students) and her husband Craig, organized and managed the Kickathon, an annual event for 13 years straight.  The founders and owners of the busy Watertown academy offer courses in Kempo Karate to kids ages five to adults and the studio is now in its 14th year of operation.

 St. Francis House Senior Development Officer Claudia Haydon attended the event as students executed thousands of kicks.  “Watching these kids take to the mats and kick so vigorously in support of our programs is heartwarming.  They care about homelessness and are really are making a difference.”  

Thank you to Craig’s Kempo Karate

St. Francis House truly appreciates the support with this outstanding out-of-the-box fundraiser. And believe us, we get a KICK out of you!