Friday, April 4, 2014

Shirt design for 2014

Our shirt design has been finalized! This year attendees will have a choice between blue or yellow tie dye with the pictured design on front. Shirts are available for purchase through the registration page. If you are not attending our event and would still like to purchase a shirt, email us at

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Additional room block at nearby hotel

We have reserved a block of rooms each with 2 Queen beds at Country Inn and Suites in Cortland, NY.These are for families that were unable to get a room at the Lodge. This hotel is about 10 miles away from the Lodge where all of our activities will take place. Staying here will not keep you from enjoying any of our scheduled activities. Block is under the name "Kazapalooza" and ends June 1.

Call 607-753-8300 to reserve your room.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Registration OPEN for 2014

Click the Registration Tab above to register for Kazapalooza 2014. We hope to see you there! Registration will close April 30.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hotel Announcement 2014

Location announcement

Are you READY??????

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We are so excited to announce that Kazapalooza 2014 will be held at Hope Lake Lodge and Conference Center in Cortland, New York! 

Hope Lake Lodge is a LEED and award winning lodge-style hotel which features many family activities onsite such as an Arcade, Indoor Water Park, Adventure Center and Hope Lake with hiking, swimming, boating and fishing. It is located in the gorgeous Finger Lake region of New York State. Dining options include room service, Acorn Grill located off the lobby of the main Lodge, Bobcat Lounge, and the Edgewater Cafe located inside the Water Park. Also scheduled to open this month is a gourmet brick oven pizza cafe located across the street in the main conference center overlooking the ski slopes. 

We are planning many activities included in the registration fee that will take place Friday afternoon through Sunday morning. Many of these activities will take place outdoors and give our families opportunities to meet others, spend time with each other and enjoy the beautiful landscape that surrounds Hope Lake Lodge. Registration will include meals Friday night, Saturday lunch, and breakfast Sunday.

Please note that unlike previous years, the Water Park and Adventure Center will NOT be included in the price of registration. We do have excellent group rates for you to purchase as an added activity for your family either before or after the scheduled Kazapalooza activities. Waterfalls Spa will also be offering our group special discounted rates during our weekend as well. Some of these activities require advance reservations placed when you reserve your room. These are OPTIONAL activities that you can CHOOSE to do if you like. All of our scheduled activities Friday through Sunday will be held at the Lodge on the lawn or at the Lake and surrounding area.  Water park tickets are good for ONE day only and should be purchased when you place your room reservation. 

Take some time to browse through the room options. There are many configurations of rooms available to us at a discounted rate. Corporate ( one Queen bed and one Queen sofa sleeper) and Traditional (two Queen beds) rooms are the only rooms offered that do NOT have kitchens. All other options have full kitchens. The Hope Lodge website shows room layouts of each room or suite option. Rate prices are available by calling the Lodge directly.

Our discounted suites are as follows:
Northwoods Suite- sleeps 4
Roaring Brook Suite- sleeps up to 6
Loon Hollow and Ledge Rock Suites- sleeps up to 6
Split Rock Suite- Sleeps up to 8
Eagle Nest and High Falls Suites- sleeps up to 8
River Rock and Cedar River Suites- sleeps up to 10
Hope Lake Lodge does not charge a resort fee. Free WiFi is available throughout the resort and parking is always free as well. 

The closest airports include Ithaca (22 miles from Lodge) and Syracuse (41 miles from Lodge) located in Cortland, NY. There is also an Amtrak line that runs from NYC to Syracuse and Shortline buses that stop in Ithaca. Hope Lake Lodge is located 3 1/2 hours by car from both Niagara Falls and New York City. 

We hope to see many of you there with us June 27-29, 2014. Registration will open in January. We will have much more detailed information at that time. Keep checking the blog or like us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the new announcements. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Kazapalooza 2013 wrap up

Hi there families! I don't know about you but I am having some serious KP withdrawal! This year was so much fun. The planners truly hope that this weekend met your expectations and your family created many memorable moments. We had a wonderful time in Frisco, Texas for this year's Kazapalooza. Over 50 families joined us in celebrating our families and children at the Westin Stonebriar for lots of fun times. This year the planners focused on a theme of CONNECTING.

Friday we were schooled in the Texas Two Step by Karen Kitzman's cousin, Andrew. We celebrated four birthdays this weekend with two delicious cakes graciously donated by Lisa Schultz. The scavenger hunt on Friday night got people talking to each other. It was obvious the kids got a kick out of it. The best part for me was being able to read all the responses once they were turned in for a surprise. It seems everyone met someone new and that's what it is all about.

This year we welcomed Rakhim-Zhan Akhmetov the Consul of Kazakhstan to the U.S. at our event. It was such a great feeling to see the children shake his hand and talk to him at the Saturday luncheon.
It was easy to see that the children appreciated his attendance at our event and the parents took advantage of the opportunity to ask many questions of him. One of which was about post placement reports. Rakhim-Zhan stated that the Kazakhstan government would accept post placement reports at the Embassy if your adoption agency is not open or no longer working in Kazakhstan.

As a group we presented Rakhim-Zhan with an authentic hand made Texas belt buckle. Thanks to Gena and Jaimie Lloyd for finding this local treasure for our guest.

This picture does not include them all but we want to send out a HUGE Texas sized thank you to all of our family volunteers. We could not have done it without you. 

This year our families brought some amazing donations for our raffle and raised over $6,000 for Ark Village! Thank you for your generous hearts. This money will go toward establishing an animal therapy program at the Village and buying more animals to teach the children how to properly care for them and how to use them to earn a living. 

Thanks also to Mae Van Sant and Sara Yeomans for helping with the Sunday morning Coffee and Donut Good bye.

Thanks to everyone for a wonderful weekend. We love seeing you each and every year and missed those of you who could not make it this year. We hope to see you next year!
Love, Karen Kitzman, Kristan Struck, and Gretchen Bilbro