On Saturday, October 12, the Wayne Township Trustee Office held the first Annual Family Fun Day at our property downtown on Superior Street. Several hundred attendees—mostly children and their families–enjoyed the brisk and sunny fall weather to party both inside and out for three hours of fun, games and camaraderie.
Outside were bounce houses, face-painting, a petting zoo, games, giveaways from social services vendors such as Fort Wayne Community Schools, the YMCA, the YWCA, Fort Wayne Housing Authority, Francine’s Friends, the Ronald McDonald House, Hope Books, Cancer Services, Pippin Dental Services and more.
We also enjoyed some great entertainment outdoors. Diane Rogers group, ‘Drums not Guns’ provided a rousing beat with their talented children drummers, and Adrian Curry’s Art Leadership Center students demonstrated their choreography, a real treat to watch. It was fun to see the audience join in the dancing.
Inside children enjoyed decorating their own sugar cookies after a lunch of hot dogs and drinks, and free haircuts were provided to those under 16.
I really enjoyed the event this year. We have been hosting an annual community party since the first one in December of 2012. Each year previous we have held our parties at locations away from office, first at the Roller Dome South, then at the McMillen Center. We appreciated being hosted at both of those venues, but this year we decided to stay here at our own office because it just seems that downtown is where so much of the action is these days.
Because we wanted to be outside, we decided to hold our event earlier in the year so we could enjoy the beautiful fall weather and not have to worry about bringing people out in blizzard conditions. We also changed our focus a bit to be more about entertainment and a fun time. In past years we provided holiday gifts to all who came to the events. This year there were prizes from drawings and the games, and giveaways from the vendors but our main theme was “Family Fun.”
Also at the event we started handing out applications for our two annual education prizes, the Recognizing Achievement Scholarship and the Academic Encouragement Award.
We will still be helping our client families with holiday gifts when the time comes, with contributions from community members like the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.
Donations from our sponsors go toward funding the party, the scholarships and the holiday gifts we’ll be giving later this year. We want to thank all those who are supporting us in these efforts, as we do not use any Wayne Township tax dollars but depend solely on contributions from the community.
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