photo by Zeena Gregg Photography

Fundraising Fun!

When most children decide to sell something in their front yard (via a lemonade stand, bake sale, etc.), they hope to earn money to buy the latest cool gadget or article of clothing for themselves. Owen Conner, a 10-year-old 4th grader at Deer Canyon Elementary, had a different vision. He wanted to raise money so that no kids will go hungry in the United States.

Owen got the idea after seeing his schoolmates raise money for other charities, so he figured, “I thought it would be something good to try to do on my own.” The company his mom works for, Roth Staffing Company, contributes to the No Kid Hungry charity called Purpose:full (, so Owen also wanted to raise funds for the same worthy cause.

With his mom helping him bake and prepare cookies, brownies and even chocolate-covered pretzels, and his dad boiling the water for hot chocolate, Owen was ready for business while manning a table in his own driveway. Owen recalled, “It was fun to see people excited about donating money to the No Kid Hungry charity. I have always wanted to help others, and I liked seeing other people wanting to help too.”

“I have always wanted to help others, and I liked seeing other people wanting to help too.”

In total, Owen raised $86.70 that day over his winter break, and as a result he received the Roth Staffing Hero Award earlier this year. Owen proudly admitted, “The money I earned purchased over 800 meals for kids in the United States. I really think it would be hard to go to school without food for breakfast and lunch. School is hard, and it would be even harder without proper food.”

A PQ resident all his life, Owen is passionate about surfing, body boarding and building cool Lego creations. He also holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and wants to hopefully run the L.A. Marathon next year with his dad. Owen added, “My parents inspire me. They are fun, and they encourage me to do many new and different things.”

At school, Owen enjoys social studies, geography and history. In the future, Owen would like to get a job in either law enforcement or the military, but he’s open to making a living through martial arts or even sports. Whatever road he embarks on, Owen will succeed because of his charitable thoughtfulness.


Name: Owen Conner (10)
Shool: Deer Canyon Elementary
Grade: 4
Parents’ Names: Mike and Jena Conner
Sibling: Kevin (22)
Favorite Places in 92129: PQ Skate Park and Champion Tae Kwon Do