Event to benefit special-needs children

town_corinth_greenBy Chris Kieffer

Daily Journal

CORINTH – A Corinth organization will host a fundraiser at the city’s SportsPlex today to help send special-needs children on a trip to Disney World.

“Mickey and Minnie’s Market” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature 38 vendors, who paid a fee to set up their booths and were asked to donate one item to a silent auction to be held between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The event will benefit Havis’ Kids, an organization that was formed by Havis Hurley, a bus driver for special-needs children in the Corinth City School District.

It will take 34 special-needs children, plus family members, to Disney World in late May. The group will pay for the children and one parent, and other family members can pay a discounted group rate to join.

Hurley was inspired to create the organization after driving a group of special-needs children on a school field trip. Afterward, one of the children thanked him and said they rarely get to take such trips. Havis’ Kids also took a group to Disney World in 2012.

“He wants to help kids who don’t normally have a chance to travel to fun places, and in this case, he wants to see them go to the happiest place on Earth,” said Elizabeth Boler, a member of the group whose family will be taking its first trip to Disney World.

Boler’s daughter Joleigh, 5, has Down syndrome. The group has been having fundraisers since August.

“This is a life-changing trip for these children and their families,” she said.

Items to be sold by vendors today must be handmade, homemade or new. They will include food, furniture, jewelry, clothing and paintings, among other things. Children also can get their photo made with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.