Young entrepreneur keeps promise, donates to The Nazareth Centre
Young entrepreneur Karis Knowles took her success as The Balloon Princess and fulfilled her promise to use some of her company’s profits to purchase school supplies for the children of The Nazareth Centre.
According to Knowles’ mother Stacy Dean, her daughter was so busy during the summer providing balloons for parties and events that at one time she was double booked.
“Initially her aim was to provide helium character balloons and solid color latex balloons to children’s parties, however, after much success she branched out into providing decorative balloon arrangements for Fidelity Bank (Wulff Road branch), bridal and baby showers, graduations, corporate events and birthday parties,” said Dean.
“During the month of June, she found herself double booked with balloon orders for graduation parties and ceremonies. Nonetheless, with my help and the help of her grandmother Stephanie Dawkins, she successfully executed her balloon designs and decorative services.”
Through it all, Knowles did not forget her promise of giving back to the community and used her family’s summer vacation to shop for the school supplies she promised.
“I enjoyed selecting which supplies I would purchase and paying for them myself,” said Knowles.
Supplies donated by The Balloon Princess included plastic prong folders, folder sheets, crayons, color pencils, pens, pencils rulers, rubber erasers, pencil cases, glue and scissors for ten children.
House mother of The Nazareth Centre Sioreelisa Bain praised Knowles for her philanthropic work given her young age and “encouraged her to continue to strive for excellence”.
The Balloon Princess was founded in March of this year as a spin-off of party rental company Premier Party Rentals, owned by Knowles’ grandmother. Knowles is an eleven-year-old honor roll student at Temple Christian Pre & Elementary Schools.
Education: Florida International University, BS in Journalism
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