BALK Corp.

aka Big Animals for Little Kids   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.BigAnimalsForLittleKids.com

Mission

Our mission is to bring joy into the lives of children facing health, emotional or socioeconomic challenges while offering teenagers the opportunity to experience the incredible joy of giving of oneself.  Dressed in "Big Animal" costumes, we regularly visit children in hospitals, family shelters and charitable events. A majority of our events support kids at Rady Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, Kaiser Hospital, as well as organizations such as: The Make a Wish Foundation, the San Diego Center for Children, Christie’s Place and ChildHel000 children annually. The Big Animals Teen Program offers community service certificates for junior & senior high school students that choose to enrich their lives and experience the joy of giving by entertaining the younger ones.     The Big Animals Teen Program has scores of volunteers from San Pasqual Academy who have participated actively in the program since 2001.  It is especially poignant since these foster kids lives often have not involved a lot of love or trust. By entertaining the younger children, they are learning the awesome power of giving of oneself while enhancing their self-esteem. This is perhaps the most important educational lesson of all!

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Frank Fernicola

Main address

1380 Garnet Ave Ste E346 co: Frank Fernicola

San Diego, CA 92109

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EIN

26-3490647

NTEE code info

Patient Services - Entertainment, Recreation (E86)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

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Magical Moments to Children

Big Animals for Little Kids mission is to bring “Magical Moments to Children” facing health, emotional or socio-economic challenges. Volunteers in “Big Animal” costumes (think Elmo, Pooh Bear, Cookie Monster, etc.) visit children at hospitals, shelters and at charitable events.  More than 6000 children were touched by these very magical experiences last year thanks to our many partnerships in the community, like the ones we have with Kaiser Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Make-a-Wish Foundation to name just a few.

Visiting ill childrenhas been a privilege.  The children we visit in hospitals are seriously or chronically ill and although our mission is to help children, hospital staff can attest that we provide support for the parents and extended family as well.

Population(s) Served

Big Animals began working with the foster teens of the San Pasqual Academy in 2001.  Teenagers are trained to act as Big Animals or Big Animal Guides to bring laughter and joy to children.  The interaction with desperately ill or disadvantaged children has helped foster and at-risk teens experience the healing quality of laughter and the satisfaction of service.  The experience of helping someone less fortunate than themselves brings appreciation of their own health, emotional growth, increased self-responsibility and self-pride.  They begin to look forward to their future with a greater sense of hope and self-determination.  These experiences are helping them bypass the dismal statistics that have beset foster youth in San Diego County.

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Awards

Leadership Award 2010

LEAD San Diego and 10 News

Leadership Award 2008

LEAD San Diego and 10 News

Financials

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BALK Corp.

Board of directors
as of 06/13/2012
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Board chair

Frank Fernicola

Paradise Equities, LLC

Term: 2008 -

Frank Fernicola

Paradise Equities, LLC

Ruben Arizmendi

Arizmendi Law Firm

Jody Decker

Community Volunteer

S.B. Waitt

Retired

Mitch Gregory