FORTVILLE — Jared Hiner says it’s hard to believe that his little girl, Kammy, the inspiration behind Kammy’s Kause, is turning 20 this year.
He also can’t believe her namesake nonprofit has raised over $500,000 in the 17 years since the first Kammy’s Kause was held in 2004, but he couldn’t be prouder of them both.
The 17th annual Kammy’s Kause will take place this Saturday, Sept. 25, in Landmark Park in Fortville.
The all-day music festival and Kammy’s Ride motorcycle event was created to raise funds and awareness for families affected by 4p-, a rare chromosomal disorder that affects people like Kammy.
All proceeds go directly to the 4P- support group, a nationally-recognized 501(c3) that funds research programs and hosts a bi-annual convention for families affected by the disorder.
“I’d like to say thank you to everybody who continues to support Kammy’s Kause and our vision and our mission,” Hiner said. “To think that the first year we raised $1,000 and that we’ve since raised over $500,000 is just amazing. We just want to give a huge thank you to the community for always accepting us and loving us and just showing up.”
Last year’s event was canceled due to COVID, which means it’s been two years since the last Kammy’s Kause.
This year’s event will feature 40 vendors plus a kids zone with a bounce house, face painting, game truck and more.
The event also features the annual Kammy’s Ride motorcycle outing, which embarks from Landmark Park at 10 a.m. Saturday.
This year’s event also features both live and silent auctions, which typically raise thousands of dollars each year.
As for Kammy, Hiner said she’s “doing fantastic,” enjoying her last year as a teenager before turning 20 in December. She’s currently a student in the life skills class at Mt. Vernon High School. “She’s making all kinds of progress,” her dad said.
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The 17th annual Kammy’s Kause takes place this Saturday, Sept. 25, at Landmark Park in Fortville.
The popular event raises funds and awareness for those affected by 4p-, a chromosomal disorder also known as Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome.
The all-day music festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with a variety of musical acts taking the stage throughout the day.
Activities include both live and silent auctions, a variety of food and drink vendors and a kids zone with a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals and more.
This year also marks the 12th annual Kammy’s Ride, a 100-mile escorted motorcycle ride that starts out at Landmark Park at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The entry fee is $25 per rider or $40 per rides with a passenger.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the park, where participants will have the opportunity to meet Kammy, pick-up a free T-Shirt and gift bag and enjoy a complimentary breakfast. Lunch is also included during the ride.