Katey’s Kids was started in 2010 by the Sebastian family and employees to honor the life and legacy of Kathleen “Katey” Ball Sebastian. Katey devoted her life to the improvement of the lives of the children in her community through literacy, education and community development.
Katey’s Kids is committed to benefiting the children of the communities we serve, the places in which we live and work. Katey’s Kids encourages good citizenship, better education, and civic improvements through contributions of both time and treasure.
Our Charitable Donations
EXCEPTIONAL PARENTS UNLIMITEDFRESNO, CA
FRESNO RESCUE MISSION'S RESCUE THE CHILDREN PROGRAMFRESNO, CA
CITY OF KERMANKERMAN, CA
FRESNO COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARYFRESNO, CA
GOLDENROD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLKERMAN, CA
PLACER COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATIONAUBURN, CA
VALLEY CHILDREN'S HOSPITALMADERA, CA
Kathleen “Katey” Ball Sebastian was the second of five children born to Harry and Ruth Ball. Katey’s family lived just two doors down from a boy who was smitten with her from a very early age. Katey was full of spunk, spirit, and the “dickens” as her family would fondly say, and a young Bill Sebastian took notice of it. The neighbor boy who couldn’t imagine life without Katey got his wish- Bill Sebastian and Katey Ball were married in 1939.
Bill and Katey Sebastian owned and operated Kerman Telephone Co. for more than 70 years. The company is still owned today by the Sebastian family, and is currently being run by second and third generation family members. In the early years of owning the business, Katey was a school teacher in Biola and often worked the telephone company’s switchboard on the operator’s night off. Bill and Katey’s oldest daughter Ruth was just six years old when they purchased the company, and the family of three actually lived in the back of the telephone company building for several years until they could afford to buy a house.
When Katey’s two daughters, Ruth and Susan, were older, Katey began teaching English as a Second language (ESL) at Kerman Floyd Elementary School. She later served as a mentor for girls at the same school, and was also a board member for Kerman Unified School District. In addition to teaching and co-owning Kerman Telephone Co., Katey had many hobbies and interests. She served on many committees and was active in various clubs in the Kerman community.
Katey’s quiet spirit, strong work ethic, and the love of the company and community is embodied today in Katey’s Kids.
Annual Katey's Kids Golf Tournament
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 restrictions, our 2020 tournament was postponed. Thanks to the generous support of donors and payers, we have been able to raise more than $100,000 over the years to help fund literacy initiatives throughout California since the start of our foundation.
Details for sponsorship opportunities for 2021 tournament to come.
Resources for Parents, Educators, and Students
From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E.L. Konigsburg
It’s such a fun book for those who are getting a handle of reading! It’s on the longer side, but an adventure worth taking. What kid wouldn’t want to live in a museum?? What kid doesn’t argue with his/her sibling??