Valentine's Family Festival offers heart-themed fun

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Blog Valentine FF

Every February, United Way Fox Cities’ Emerging Leaders coordinate the Valentine’s Family Festival, a free, community event that offers families a welcome and fun break from winter.
This year’s festival will be held Saturday, February 8, 9:30 to noon at Maplewood Middle School in Menasha.
The family-focused event provides Valentine's-themed fun and games, face painting, DJ entertainment, arts and crafts, and more! The event is also an opportunity for Emerging Leaders to give back to the community through volunteering.
Emerging Leaders is an affinity group of United Way Fox Cities that is nearly 1,000 young professionals strong. The group is recommended for people ages 40 and under who give $500 and more annually. Being a part of Emerging Leaders allows members to engage and collaborate with other like-minded individuals interested in creating lasting change in the Fox Cities community. From volunteering to networking events, as well as professional development opportunities, your involvement may begin with a monetary gift, but can become so much more!
Lauren Englebert joined Emerging Leaders eight years ago and became involved with the festival as a volunteer. She was new to the Fox Cities but quickly learned the event’s impact.
“The gratitude from the families in our community was overwhelming,” Lauren said. “The feedback I heard was how nice it was to have a fun and safe place to take the kids on a cold winter day. The attendees felt like they were part of one unified community bonded in the joy of Valentine’s day.”  
Nearly 600 children enjoy the festival each year. Emerging Leaders hand out free books to attendees, serve snacks, and assist with cookie decorating and other activities. 
Lauren has now transitioned from volunteering at the festival to attending with her own children. “We go every year and love meeting up with our friends & family from United Way Fox Cities.”
No matter how cold it is outside, it’s always warm & cheerful inside Maplewood Middle School and we invite you to join the fun on Saturday, February 8!
If you’re an Emerging Leader and would like to volunteer at the festival, please contact Lori Kaufman at