Who We Are:
Frontier Friends is a 501 (c) 3 educational organization founded in 2018 by Drew Deimling, the owner and operator of The Old West Festival. Our mission is to foster hope, happiness, and healing for underprivileged children, children who have been victims of abuse and children with life-threatening illnesses. We want to provide them a day to relive the Old West and put a smile on their face “One Yee-haw at a time”.
What We Do:
Frontier Friends presents The Old West Festival, an annual hootin and hollerin good time. The Old West Festival is a period, family friendly event that offers saloon shows, gunfight reenactments, real cowboys roping, riding and singing. Our goal is to provide The Old West experience to 10,000 children and their families free of charge annually. Additionally, we aim to bring the Old West Festival to the children and their families who can’t attend due to circumstances.
Why We’re Important:
Simply because we believe every child (and every family) deserves the opportunity to enjoy what The Old West Festival offers. We make sure children, that otherwise may miss out, get to take a trip back in time, when things were simpler and spend a day with their family smiling. The Old West Festival is all about family fun and if we can give a child in need one whole day of smiles and memories we think that is pretty important.
How We Serve the Community:
Frontier Friends partners with numerous charities in Cincinnati that benefit children and their families, so we serve those who serve others as well as the children and families we impact. In 2018, the following organizations supported children with a day of Old West fun: Santa Maria Community Services, National Youth Advocate Program, Campbell County Club 21, Northern Kentucky University Parents Attending College Program, HIPPY, Imani Family Center, Lighthouse Youth & Family Services, City Gospel Mission Youth, City Gospel Mission/Whiz Kids & Mentoring Program, Most Valuable Kids, Vivian’s Victory, Stepping Stones, Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Cincinnati, St. Joseph Orphanage, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky, The Nest Recovery Homes (Wilmington), Hope Emergency, and Downs Syndrome Association of GC.
How You Can Help:
Frontier Friends aims to bring joy to so many, but it is not without it’s expense in both time and money. In the same way that we hope to bring happiness and help, we too need the time, talent and treasure of others to support our tremendous philanthropy program. Financial donations keep our program going, provide the funds for the grants and help us to broaden our reach to more schools and students. Many volunteers have helped us by sharing their time and talent in many and diverse aspects of our operations, and we’re always happy to welcome more volunteers to engage with us. We’ve enumerated many of our specific needs on our web site, and encourage those interested to see how they might be part of our wonderful mission.