Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Registration for 2016 is now CLOSED

Registration for Kazapalooza 2016 is now CLOSED.

Hotel registration is separate and must be done through the hotel.

You MUST be registered in order to attend this event.

Your group will be kept together in our records by using the same Family Name and email address. Each Family Name will be sent an invoice through Paypal a few days after registering.

The planners are excited about our upcoming event and look forward to seeing you there!

Gretchen. Karen, and Kristan

Friday, November 6, 2015

Hotel Reservations now being accepted!

Announcing Kazapalooza 2016!! 
Our 9th KP will be in Broomfield, Colorado (Denver Area) at the Omni Interlocken Hotel. We are so excited about this venue and all that will be available in the awesome state of Colorado. 
All individuals attending KP must register and pay event fees prior to arriving in June. Having reservations at the hotel does not automatically mean you are registered for the event. We will open registration after the holidays in Jan/Feb. 
Our hotel link will allow you to make reservations at our event hotel until May on a first come first serve basis. ( we will be able to add to the block until a certain time--please don't panic if they say sold out, just let us know )
The link will take you directly to our block of rooms and our discounts. You can also call in for reservations and ask for Kazapalooza block.
As always, there can be a few glitches when we flood a hotel with our reservations, so please be patient, we will get them all worked out as needed. We cannot wait to see you all in the Centennial state!
Here is our link for reservations--

Monday, October 26, 2015

2016 Dates announced!

Our next Kazapalooza event will take place in Denver, Colorado June 24-26th. Like us on Facebook to keep up with announcements. Registration and hotel information will be posted soon.

Friday, July 3, 2015

What a wonderful time!

This past weekend 115 families from all over the U.S. and Canada with a total of over 400 people attended our 8th annual Kazapalooza. It is always so exciting to see so many faces full of happiness and joy in getting together with other Kaz families. 

For the third year we welcomed a representative of the Kazakhstan government to our event. The Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in New York, Raushan Esbulatova attended with her son, Ryan. We spoke about the possibility of working together next year to celebrate Kazakhstan's 25th Anniversary. 

Friday night's pool party was hot but fun. Families enjoyed dinner around the pool as kids played and met each other while cooling off in the water. Donations for our raffle were dropped off and families picked up their goody bags and KP shirts. Volunteers gathered in our meeting room to group raffle baskets and organize the raffle for the following day. We would like to thank everyone that volunteered to make this year so special. We truly could not have this event without our generous families and their help. 

Saturday, families gathered for lunch where we showed the slideshow of photos submitted prior to the event. Tanner Struck created a beautiful video to showcase our families and brought tears to the eyes of many in attendance. He does such a great job and works so hard for weeks to put this together for all of us. Thanks Tanner!
We sang Happy Birthday to all those attending that had birthdays within two weeks of the event and celebrated with cake and cookies.
This was the first year that volunteers created a table of goodies for kids to purchase for $1 to raise money for our charity. The kid's table brought in over $500!! Great job Kaz kids! A special thanks to Jaimie Lloyd who made all the bracelets for the table. They were a hit!

Our charity this year was J127 Ranch. Located in Taraz they work to find ways to improve the lives of their community and children. They look for ways to help others by providing child care, meals and medical assistance to those in need. Between the kid's table, our raffle tickets, and Victoria's table of items for sale from Kazakhstan over $16,000 was raised this weekend by our families for their cause! This money will go toward the purchase of their home. 

Saturday afternoon many families met in small groups according to their child's region in Kaz. Many were appreciative of the time to meet others from the same region. 

Sunday we met again to say good bye and exchange contact information in order to stay connected throughout the year. The Planners hope that by attending KP families can get to know others in order to create bonds that carry over throughout the year and not just at KP. 

We had a wonderful time and hope that our families did as well. Next year we are trying to plan our event for out west. We are currently in talks with a resort in Colorado but will know more in the coming weeks. Once we have signed a contract with the hotel we will be able to announce the location more specifically. Please be patient with us as we plan. So much work is done behind the scenes all year long. We are already trying to plan 2017 too! That will be our 10th KP and we are very much looking forward to it!

Parents trying to get pictures of all the kids together. Can you say paparazzi? 

These families have attended all 8 Kazapalooza events!
Families and Planners welcomed Consul General of the Republic of Kazakhstan in New York Raushan Esbulatova.

Smores on Sunday night

Thank you to all the families that volunteered and helped through the weekend. We couldn't do it without you!

One of our many wonderful donations for the raffle

We celebrated birthdays at KP too!

Families from all over the U.S and Canada attended.

Planners of KP are Gretchen Bilbro, Karen Kitzman and Kristan Struck

All of our beautiful children gathered in one place!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Charity selected for 2015!- J127 Ranch in Taraz.

One of our favorite aspects of Kazapalooza is Saturday's raffle that gives our families the opportunity to come together as a collective group to give back to the country that helped us build our families. 
As planners, we try to spread the donations raised at KP to the various charitable organizations that are making an impact in Kazakhstan. This year we are excited to announce that our designated charity is J127 Ranch in Taraz. 
J127 Ranch is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of not only orphans, but to the children of single parents, foster families, as well families of children with disabilities. They accomplish this by providing education, life and social skills, Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy along with providing a safe environment for children who would otherwise be roaming the streets while their parents are working. They also provide meals to these children, some of which it may be the only meal they have that day.
The planners are drawn to J127 due to their commitment in helping orphans, but also their commitment to helping improve the lives of individuals within the community by empowering families to stay together and helping children to reach their full potential. 
J127 Ranch does not currently own the property where the above services are taking place. In order to provide stability and security for the individuals that they serve as well as future growth, purchasing the property is a priority. Therefore the funds raised by our KP families this year will go directly toward the purchase of this property in Taraz. 
We are also providing the option to donate directly to J127 at the following link. For every $5 donation you will receive 1 raffle ticket. Save your receipt to show to us at Kazapalooza in exchange for raffle tickets. The link to make your donation follows ……
To learn more about J127 you can Like their facebook page or visit their website…
We appreciate all of our families. Kazapalooza is what it is only because of each and every one of our families. Thank you