Chalk Art Festival honors dads, raises funds for Utah Foster Care

Posted at 4:28 PM, Jun 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-20 18:44:21-04

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Foster Care honored Utah fathers Saturday at their 13th annual Chalk Art Festival, and the fundraiser continues Saturday night and through Sunday.

About 140 local artists have gathered at the Gateway this weekend to line the walkways with chalk art and help raise money for foster families.

The event also features live music, some of Salt Lake's favorite food trucks, and a very special award to recognize some of the great foster dads in Utah.

Ryan McDonald and his wife have been hosting foster kids for more than ten years, and he said the experience has been a blessing for his family.

"Just being able to give them an opportunity and be able to be a father to the kids that need help,” McDonald said. “It’s not their fault that they’re taken from the home, and, you know, they’re in a crappy situation most of the time, but we’ve been able to help a lot of kids, and it’s fun. It’s been awesome to the able to be their dad.”

The Chalk Art Festival will continue until 9 p.m. Saturday and will resume Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All proceeds go to help fund Utah’s foster families and the 2,700 kids throughout the state currently in the system.

Utah Foster Care is a non-profit organization, visit their website for more information.