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Yesenia Cantor and Nick O’Connor stood back as their 6-year-old son Israel laughed with excitement.

Israel had just won not one, but two stuffed animals while playing a game at the Family Fun Festival on Sunday.

“I’m always lucky,” exclaimed Israel, who added he was ready to win a third toy.

The event outside Nifty Thrifty Resale Shop benefited Women and Children’s Horizons, a Kenosha non-profit organization. It provides support, shelter, education, training and healing services to victims of sexual and domestic abuse, their families and the community. All proceeds of the non-profit shop at 4200 39th Ave. go to WCH as well.

Cantor said she brought her family to the event after reading about it in a social media group.

“I saw it was (for) women and children they were helping,” she said. “We had no plans, so it was like, `Let’s go out,’ because (Israel) doesn’t get to go outside much.”

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“I’m having an adventure channel,” said Israel, before skipping off for the ball in the bucket toss game.

Admission to the event itself was free and it was open to the public. It featured bouncy houses, games with prizes, a 50/50 raffle, silent auction items and bucket raffles. Also planned was a fashion show and music provided by the band On the Fly.

LeAnn Cadler, the shop’s assistant manager and one of the event coordinators, said the festival was a way to bring families and the community together and to learn not just about the thrift store, but about the organization it supports.

“All our proceeds benefit Women and Children’s Horizons … we wanted to bring awareness to where we’re at, who we are, who our proceeds go to, and to bring the community together,” she said. “Whatever we can take in, every little bit helps… The shelter is such a wonderful organization… They help women, children and men (survivors) of domestic and physical violence. They do safe housing, where they hide them… people that are coming in with nothing. They do so much.”

Women and Children’s Horizons also provides assistance with transitional living, children’s services, legal advocacy, batterer’s treatment, family intervention services, advocacy for survivors of sexual assault and human trafficking, and services for underserved populations.

Angela Coleman of Kenosha came to the festival with her grandchildren Kaylee Wright, 5, and Ryan Williams, 10, along with their mother Nikkia Williams, of Zion, Ill. Coleman admits she’s a regular customer of the thrift shop and loves the “fabulous” employees.

“We came out to have a good time. It’s finally good to get out after the pandemic,” she said. “I love the savings and it’s helping a good cause.”

UPDATED IN PHOTOS: 2022 AMC Homecoming Week events and shows in Kenosha

Kenosha Homecoming Car Show draws thousands to Kennedy Park

Greg Voss, of New London, brought a bronze 1981 Scrambler to Saturday’s Kenosha Homecoming Car Show. Thousands attended the event at Kennedy Park, which featured hundreds of classic vehicles.


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Kenosha Homecoming Car Show draws thousands to Kennedy Park

Kenosha Homecoming Car Show draws thousands to Kennedy Park

Tracy McCarthy brought her prize-winning pink 1959 Nash Metropolitan to Saturday’s Kenosha Homecoming Car Show.


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Nash Ice Cream Social

Nash Ice Cream Social

Colton Howell, 4, enjoys his ice cream during an ice cream social on Friday at Nash Elementary School as part of the AMC Homecoming Car Show events.


SEAN KRAJACIC photos, Kenosha News

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

Bill Cressman, of Kitchener, Canada, holds a large, stuffed “Gizmo” from the movice “Gremlins” as he exits the passenger seat of his wife’s Gremlin during an AMC Gremlin car show at Jeffrey Elementary School on Thursday.


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GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

Bill Cressman, of Kitchener, Canada, places a small “Gizmo” in his wire’s Gremlin during an AMC Gremlin event at Jeffrey Elementary School on Thursday, July 28, 2022.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

The Gremlin event at Jeffrey Elementary drew dozens of Gremlins from around the country and beyond its borders Thursday afternoon. Gremlins with license plates from all over North America were part of the event, which is part of the 2022 AMC Homecoming Car Show.


SEAN KRAJACIC photos, Kenosha News

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

Jeff McKee, of Marion County, Ind., right, looks at the engine of Don Rayburn’s racing Gremlin during the AMC Gremlin event at Jeffrey Elementary School on Thursday, July 28, 2022.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

Gremlins are parked in Jeffrey Elementary School’s parking lot for an AMC Gremlin show at Jeffrey Elementary School on Thursday, July 28, 2022.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

GREMLINS AT JEFFREY

A large, stuffed “Gizmo,” sits in a driver seat of a Gremlin during an AMC Gremlin event at Jeffrey Elementary School on Thursday, July 28, 2022.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

AMC AT RUFFOLO’S

AMC AT RUFFOLO'S

Visitors check out classic AMC cars during the opening event for the AMC Kenosha Homecoming Car Show at Ruffolo’s Special Pizza 2 on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

AMC AT RUFFOLO’S

AMC AT RUFFOLO'S

Lee and Nick Mele, of Kenosha, check out classic AMC cars during the opening event for the AMC Kenosha Homecoming Car Show at Ruffolo’s Special Pizza 2 on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

AMC AT RUFFOLO’S

AMC AT RUFFOLO'S

Visitors check out classic AMC cars during the opening event for the AMC Kenosha Homecoming Car Show at Ruffolo’s Special Pizza 2 on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

AMC AT RUFFOLO’S

AMC AT RUFFOLO'S

Classic AMC cars pull into the parking lot during the opening event for the AMC Kenosha Homecoming Car Show at Ruffolo’s Special Pizza 2 on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.


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AMC AT RUFFOLO’S

AMC AT RUFFOLO'S

T-shirts were for sale during the opening event for the AMC Kenosha Homecoming Car Show at Ruffolo’s Special Pizza 2 on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

AMC AT RUFFOLO’S

AMC AT RUFFOLO'S

Classic AMC cars pull into the parking lot during the opening event for the AMC Kenosha Homecoming Car Show at Ruffolo’s Special Pizza 2 on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

AMC SWAP MEET

AMC SWAP MEET

Bob Wunrow, center, of the American Motors Club, places antennas for sale during the AMC swap meet at Kennedy Park on Friday.


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AMC SWAP MEET

AMC SWAP MEET

Vince Heck, center, and Wayne Alanzio, right, both of Big Bend, carry body parts during the AMC swap meet at Kennedy Park on Friday.


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AMC SWAP MEET

AMC SWAP MEET

Visitors and vendors check out the wares during the AMC swap meet at Kennedy Park on Friday.


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AMC SWAP MEET

AMC SWAP MEET

Phil Hemken, of Pleasant Prairie, left, looks over his display of AMC service manuals during the AMC swap meet at Kennedy Park on Friday. Hemken kept the service manuals from the private collection of his father’s now-closed AMC museum which was located in Williams, Iowa.


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Nash Ice Cream Social

Nash Ice Cream Social

There were a number of AMC cars lined up at the ice cream social on Friday at Nash Elementary School as part of the AMC Homecoming Car Show events.


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Nash Ice Cream Social

Nash Ice Cream Social

Garrett Aiello, 3, looks at a Nash vehicle during an ice cream social on Friday at Nash Elementary School in Kenosha.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

Nash Ice Cream Social

Nash Ice Cream Social

AMC cars are lined up in car show fashion during an ice cream social on Friday at Nash Elementary School as part of the AMC Homecoming Car Show events.


SEAN KRAJACIC Kenosha News

AMC PARADE

AMC PARADE

A classic AMC car makes its through Downtown during Friday’s AMC Homecoming parade.


SEAN KRAJACIC, KENOSHA NEWS

AMC PARADE

AMC PARADE

There were plenty of photos taken by those watching Friday’s AMC Homecoming parade in Downtown Kenosha.


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AMC PARADE

AMC PARADE

The line of classic AMC vehicles stretched down the streets in Downtown Kenosha Friday during the 2022 AMC Homecoming parade.


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AMC PARADE

AMC PARADE

Classic AMC cars paraded Friday through Downtown and along the harbor area before ending at the Kenosha History Center.


SEAN KRAJACIC photos, KENOSHA NEWS

AMC PARADE

AMC PARADE

Classic AMC cars make their way through Downtown and harborside during the parade on Friday.


SEAN KRAJACIC, KENOSHA NEWS

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