LOWER MAKEFIELD >> Casey Schaeffer's fourth annual Full Heart Kids Carnival literally turned the world upside down with fun on Saturday, May 18 on Lakeview Drive in Lower Makefield.

Presented by the Upper Makefield Business Association and Nomad Framing LLC and organized by Pennsbury High School freshman Casey Schaeffer with the help of close to 30 Full Heart volunteers, the backyard carnival unfolded under sunny skies with plenty to do.

The carnival featured appearances by the Chick-Fil-A Cow, Boomer the Trenton Thunder mascot, Delilah the Keona Farm pony, Ms. Marilyn’s Kids Music Round, Scott Fegley (author of “The Meaning of Home”), Officer Mike from the Lower Makefield Police Department, the Dave & Buster prize wheel, a bounce house, the Gyroscope ride raffles and more.

According to Casey, carnival sponsorships and donations exceeded Full Heart’s goals, totaling more than $11,700 with almost $9,000 benefiting three worthy causes:

- A Soldier's Hands, a nonprofit organization providing needed skin care products for troops deployed overseas on the USS Reagan, founded by Casey's mentor and former Yardley resident Trish Shallenberger

- The Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF), a non-profit dedicated to finding effective treatments for the millions worldwide living with Neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder causing tumors to grow on the nerves throughout the body which may lead to blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, learning disabilities, disabling pain and cancer. Altana Mukabenov, an 8th grader at Charles Boehm Middle School where Casey previously attended, is currently on her fifth chemo trial (partially funded by CTF) battling tumors around her airway and heart, along with other NF-related complications.

- Full Heart Music Scholarship, awarded to the most improved senior high school music student at Pennsbury High School.

The carnival was sponsored by: Gold Sponsors Nomad Framing and Upper Makefield Business Association; Partner/Silver Sponsors Advanced Merchant Services, CADCo, Renewal by Andersen, Yardley-Makefield Lions Club; and VIP/Bronze Sponsors A Soldier’s Hands, American Legion Post 317, Arlynn Wiley & MAV Associates, Bucks County Business Connections, Belle Body Medical Spa, Charles & Peggy Schaeffer, Dave & Busters, First National Bank, Franklin Institute, Grundy Arena, Joe of All Trades, Kiwanis of Washington Crossing/Yardley, McCaffrey's Food Markets, Michael & Corinne Rossi, Penn Community Bank, Peruzzi Auto Group, Piccolo Trattoria, Team Toyota, The Plant Lady of Bucks County, Vince's Pizza; and Abby & Eva’s Lemonade Stand.

Some of the proceeds will be used to fund additional Full Heart charitable initiatives.

Casey said she's very grateful to all of her sponsors, attendees and members of the Full Heart crew for making it such a successful event (Altana, Alayna, Alex, Alicia, Amelia, Angelina, Anisha, Ashley, Brooke, Corinne, Delaney, Georgette, Grace B, Grace S, Hunter, Jack, Jason, Kayla, Maddy, Marykate, Mary, Morgan, Patrick, Ryan, Sofia, Sophia and Taylor).

Monetary donations are greatly appreciated and will be accepted through the end of May at www.plumfund.com/charity-fundraising/full-heart-kids-carnival-4.

For additional information, visit Full Heart on FaceBook at www.facebook.com/fullheartorg, A Soldier’s Hands at www.asoldiershands.org and The Children’s Tumor Foundation at www.ctf.org

Casey Schaeffer, a freshman at Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills, initiated Full Heart in 2015 to empower kids to get involved in their communities.

In 2019, Casey won the Violet Richardson Award from Soroptimist International/Indian Rock Chapter for Community Service and was a PA State Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. She’s been featured on NBC 10 TV Philadelphia and local newspapers; and has spoken at the Yardley and Lower Makefield Veteran's Day ceremonies.

Full Heart is active at many community events, and in just over four years has donated almost $16,000 to charitable causes. In 2018, Casey created the Full Heart Music Scholarship, awarded annually to the most improved music senior at Pennsbury.

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