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Picnic on the Park Recap - An Inside Look

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Those 32 days flew by.  Donations kept coming in up until the day before the event.  I lost count of the number of times I revised the event program.  I would finish it, send it over to Anna to print, and then get a phone call from Dawn, Cindee, or Tammy Wisenbaker, “I have another raffle/donation, can you add it to the program?” 

The morning of the event arrived.  At 6:30 am, the phone rang.  It was Dawn, who was already at Town Center for set-up, “Carla, can you make a five gift certificates before you come?  Needless to say, I didn’t get there quite as early as I had planned.  

When I arrived at Town Center Park, the game booths we being set-up, Tin Roof BBQ, Trigg’s Café, and Papa Johns were preparing their refreshment tables, and the vendors were busily displaying their wares.  Everything seemed to be clicking into place.

However, there was one blank spot, right where the DJ and sound system was supposed to be.  I had spoken with the DJ two days before to confirm that they knew how to get there, when to get there, and to make sure we had a proper set-up for them.  For reasons unknown, they did not make an appearance and all calls to them that morning went unanswered.  It took a little maneuvering, but a last minute purchase of a megaphone and the loan of a CD player saved the day.  All of the entertainers (Buckles and Bows, Best Kept Secrets, Rowland Ballard Dance Academy, Miss Stacey’s Dance Studio, Battenbergs ATA Blackbelt Academy, and of course, Elvis), rolled with the punches and made the make-shift sound system work.

Things went more smoothly once the sound snafu was resolved.  There was a steady stream of avid egg hunters for each of the three age groups in the morning.  After all the fun of coloring, sack races, cake walks, bunny hops, hunting for treasure (to name a few activities), the revelers enjoyed their favorite refreshment while watching the entertainment.

The day was ended with the much anticipated raffle drawing.  One family proved that it really does pay the more you play when they walked away with four different prizes, including the scooter.

Wewould like to thank everyone who came out to support The Mission, as well as all the donors, sponsors, and volunteers.  You all made the day a great success and I can’t wait to do it again next year!

Carla Alvarez

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