The Perrine Bridge Festival started in 2005 as a way to raise awareness and money for children in the Magic Valley who have special needs. It was then called Parachutes for Kids. Since this event began we have collected more than $255,000 dollars. You might ask how we’ve accomplished this in such a short time? It’s really quite simple, we have a passion for helping children!
The passion started with the founders of the the Perrine Bridge Festival, Nikki and Miles Daisher. Nikki is a native to Twin Falls and works here as a pediatric occupational therapist. Her career has put her directly in the path of many children who go without the proper care and equipment due to financial constraints. Miles Daisher is a nationally recognized BASE Jumper and brought national attention to BASE jumping and Twin Falls by setting a world record.
In 2005 Miles jumped from the Perrine Bridge 57 times in less than 24 hours hiking out of the Snake River Canyon each time. This is approximately the equivalent of hiking Mt. Everest. Together, Nikki and Miles created Parachutes for Kids in 2005 by collecting pledges for each jump that Miles made in that 24 hour period. The following year they created The Perrine Bridge Festival and Parachutes for Kids became a BASE jumping exhibition and one event amongst many fun activities.
The Perrine Bridge Festival Committee has continued the production of the event since 2009. Many volunteers from throughout the Magic Valley work year around in helping to make this a special event for the community and for children of all abilities. The Twin Falls community and businesses have contributed to make this a unique event that generates funds to help our children. The volunteers on the Perrine Bridge Festival Committee work diligently all year on plans for the event. Each year we offer something new for the community to enjoy. We started the Run-Bike-Paddle in 2010 and it has grown in the number of people who come to enjoy the beauty of the Snake River Canyon. Each year since 2006, there has been a Kids Fun Run for children of all abilities to participate in. The Super Hero Fun Run has rave reviews from all the kids! They get to walk/roll/run along the Snake River walking path and enjoy the view from the Perrine Bridge. This year we will add the opportunity for adults to help a child roll their wheelchair for a 5k run/walk event!
Since the start of this event, the Fund for Children with Special Needs has awarded hundreds of grants to help children and their families. The Fund is managed by the Twin Falls St. Luke's Health Foundation with all proceeds going directly to children here in the Magic Valley.
Grants have helped children in the following areas:
- ○ Physical Therapy
- ○ Speech Therapy
- ○ Occupational Therapy
- ○ Wheelchair Lifts
- ○ Specialized Seating
- ○ Respite Care
- ○ Transportation to out-of-area Specialists
- ○ Various Learning Tools
- ○ Specialized Strollers
- ○ Battery Operated Wheel Chairs
- ○ Ramps
- ○ Helmets
- ○ Hearing Aid Replacements
- ○ and more