Welcome to Every Kid Counts

For over 25 years Every Kid Counts (EKC) has been dedicated to helping children by bringing hearts together to help provide programs that help today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders through educational, athletic and philanthropic programs.
EKC encourages you to explore our site to learn more about our wonderful charity, and we are excited to meet you at our next event.

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About Us

Every Kid Counts (EKC) is a non-profit 501 (C) public charity, allowing youth to participate in programs giving them a great opportunity to learn, be involved and find solutions to the challenges they are facing in today’s society. EKC was founded on March 24, 1994 in a group effort from: Robert Perelka, Gordon & Kay Le Blanc, Jr., Michael Gibson, Ken Peterson, Sherdick Bonner and Calvin Schexnayder. Along with the founders, Every Kid Counts is made possible by the dedication from many individual business and community leaders, through their ideas and support of children’s charity programs.

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Our Mission & Vision

Developing Kids through Education, Sports and
After School Activities

Our Vision for a Brighter Future:

Every Kid Counts, Inc. is founded on the principles of providing education, sports and after school activities for the betterment of our community’s kids. Through our partnerships, volunteers and sponsors, we continue to achieve every goal that is set forth by this organization, with the conviction of caring individuals whose main focus is to provide this much needed support. As a public charity, it is the direction of the founders and current board of directors, to make sure that this organization is implemented and continued, under the letter of the law, honestly, openly and morally correct.
 
In order for this organization to maintain a successful status, the founders and current board members have set forth guidelines of all aspects of operation. Anyone, at any given time, will have the opportunity to review at their discretion and offer up alternative suggestions that will maintain the integrity of this organization. EKC appreciates the commitment of the many good-hearted individuals who continue to spend countless effort and time to sustain these programs. This organization is about helping our nation’s youth achieve a better way of life free from the abuses of drugs and alcohol and the violence that ravages our community’s, as well as to prevent the spread of illiteracy and the breakdown in family values.

Our 5 Year Goals

 

5 Year Strategy

EKC has made a commitment for the next 5 years and beyond to develop, implement and maintain the programs to make a difference in the lives of all the children we come in contact with in our partnership with Creighton Elementary School District (CESD). In addition, EKC seeks to enhance our long standing projects to reach more at need children as well as increase awareness and financial support to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital and our Hardship Fund.

Year One

Develop and communicate program and project ideas to grant providers and corporate partners for CESD outreach programs to reach targeted schools and fund sports programs.

Year Two

Implement program based upon funding in all CESD Schools.

Year Three

Maintain and expand programs based upon the needs of the students.

Years Four & Five

Based upon the success of the project and programs and the development of additional funding sources, mirror the programs and offer them up to other at need school districts.

“Helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders. “

– Rob Perelka, President

Who We Are

Our Executive Board

These are the people that make all of these events and programs happen through their tireless dedication to our kids and our community.

George James

George James

Chairman of the Board

Rob Perelka

Rob Perelka

President, Co-Founder

Renee McClure

Renee McClure

Vice President

Karen Krinsky

Karen Krinsky

Secretary

Todd Wigington

Todd Wigington

Treasurer

Board of Directors

David Kessler

David Kessler

Fundraising Director

Brian Chambers

Brian Chambers

Nancy Russo

Nancy Russo

Tate Mendenhall

Tate Mendenhall

Barbara Perelka

Barbara Perelka

Travis Giles

Travis Giles

Michael & Jess D'Ambrosio

Michael & Jess D'Ambrosio

Robert Cerrone

Robert Cerrone

Tom & Debbie Perelka

Tom & Debbie Perelka

Karen Krinsky

Karen Krinsky

Honorary Lifetime Directors

Gordon & Kay LeBlanc Jr.  (Founder)

Calvin Schexnayder (Founder)

Garth Jax (Past Chairman)

Ron Pacioni (Past Chairman)

Todd Wigington  (Past Chariman)

Stacy Gielda (Past Chairman)

Mark Gefroh (Past Chairman) Eternal

Gregg Ellefsen (Past Chairman) Eternal