Local Irishman and great fan of The Waynedale News kicks off the 10th Annual Great Easter Egg Hunt!
The Wayne Township Trustee’s Office Outreach Department will be sponsoring the 10th Annual “Great Easter Egg Hunt” on Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at Headwaters Park. Let’s not keep the Waynedale faithful wondering any longer! The surprise this year is the Irishman that will be on hand to kick off this year’s event … me! I am actually 1/8th Irish on my mother’s side. Grandma was one of the darlings of my life and although she has left me to be with Saint Patrick, she and my Irish heritage are always with me in a special way at this time of year.
Our staff is so excited to be hosting the 10th Easter Egg Hunt! This is a celebration of spring for all children ages 3 – 12. The Wayne Township Outreach Department, the departmental sponsor, focuses this event on children in transition because of our passion for working with transitional families and youth in our shelter and transitional housing program. We realize the difficulties that children living in transition face on a daily basis and it is important for us to give them stability as well as wholesome, safe, family-oriented outings and activities to enjoy at no cost.
We are planning a wonderful day filled with fun activities in Headwaters Park downtown Fort Wayne searching for eggs and playing games, winning prizes, taking pictures with the Easter Bunny and much more!
Currently we are working on the many variety of events that the youth will be able to enjoy at no cost to them or their parents. Even though we focus on children in transition, all children are welcome!! We count on community support from the many business, churches, auxillaries and groups of Fort Wayne for their donations of eggs, apples, candy, coloring books, paper and plastic bags, chips and any other donations that may be suitable for youth 3-12 years of age. We also count on volunteers to come out and help hide the eggs, count the children, head up hunt lines, fill balloons, face painting, pass out goodie bags etc…
Each child will receive a goody bag with candy and fruit after participating in the hunt. Last year there were over 500 people in the park. This event has grown steadily every year and is, as far as we know, the largest event of its kind in Northern Indiana. We have had many local celebrities join us in past years – Dick Stoner, Icy Eagle, and of course the Easter Bunny, just to name a few. Who knows, Saint Patrick might even show up this year.
I would like to thank all of our past contributors for their generous contributions. This event could not continue to grow like it has without their help. If anyone from the community would like to contribute to help this year’s event become even grander for our transitional children, please contact Lois DaDa – Outreach Supervisor at 260-449-7000.
Eggstraordinarily yours for the 10th time,
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