The seventh annual Agents of Hope Carnival came to Bogert Park today, offering games, music and food for a good cause.
Sponsored by ERA Landmark Real Estate, the Agents of Hope Carnival raises money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy and has helped to raise more than $90,000 dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association over its first seven years.
All of the proceeds go to funding the MDA's yearly summer camp.
"Our goal is to raise as much money as possible for MDA. We love being able to send Montana kids to MDA summer camp, but we also love supporting the organization," said ERA Landmark Manager Kelly Bresnahan.
"Most of all, we love doing something that involves the entire community, these kids are having fun here regardless of whether they're involved in MDA or not, it's a great thing for Bozeman and for Southwest Montana to come and do," she said.
The MDA summer camp allows youngsters who have been diagnosed with all levels of muscular dystrophy to have a summer getaway, and 11-year-old camper Desean said he got to show his creative side at camp.
"It was fun, and there was lots of stuff to do at camp, and we got to paint and do art," he said.
Because of the funding from last years carnival, 23 Montana kids, including Desean, were able to attend this years camp, and Desean said each year, the carnival is special to him because so many people come out and help support MDA.
"It's important because it's for people with muscular dystrophy, it's important for a cure," he said.
And ERA Landmark Owner, Robyn Earlenbush said that she has long-term goals for the carnival; "We just want to make their day a little brighter, make their families live a little better, and hopefully some day again we'll just do this as a celebration and the disease will be cured."