by Devin Chicras
We spent the day connecting folks to their neighbors, getting everyone excited for Skyway Outdoor Cinema and sharing a bunch of laughs and high fives with the coolest of kids.
And doing additional important things like connecting people to their favorite DumDum flavor (what even is that Mystery Flavor all about??).
Meanwhile, there was an incredible carnival assortment of entertainment for kids. We’re not really sure how you could pick what to do first.
There were dexterous dodgeball battles in the bouncy castle.
Epic, swashbuckling adventures in the pirate ship.
A game of skill to knock levitating planets out of orbit.
And a sight that could have been a mirage to those of us baking in the sweltering heat: a giant waterslide.
Lions, tigers and quite possibly the odd bear emerged from the face painting tent. OH MY!
Master of ceremonies Paul Patu kept everyone constantly entertained, from talent shows to hot dog fishing (with feet only – you had to be there).
Annie Patu masterfully kept things running smoothly at all times. Did we mention that in addition to working with kids at Urban Family, she also serves the community as a whole as the newest West Hill Community Association board member?
We’ve gotta share one last story with you. At our booth, we had our trusty donation box sitting out on the table. While we’ve tried not to be all in your face about donations for Skyway Outdoor Cinema, even though we really really need your support, we’ve had about 9 donors so far, for a total of about $600 (still about $2700 to go before August!). Our 10th donor was absolutely unexpected. While all the kids were lining up for the waterslide, or the bouncy castle, or getting cotton candy and hot dogs – one little girl went out of her way to come right up to us. She was excited about Skyway Outdoor Cinema (as are we). As we went to get the bucket of candy to give her some, she instead lifted up her tiny red sequined purse and emptied the whole thing on the table. “Do you take donations?” she asked. And while we were taken aback, and sputtered something about how she really didn’t have to donate, she began dropping every single coin she had into the box, one by one, undeterred. She gave us ALL of the money she had. Fifty-two cents. Rain, if you’re out there, please know that what you did means the world to us. We’ve got a free popcorn waiting for you this August.
If you’d like to follow in Rain’s brave footsteps, and directly invest in YOUR community, please consider looking in your tiny red sequined purses for some loose change, and donate here. Thanks again, Rain.
And thanks to Urban Family, for making this wonderful community party happen in the first place. We can’t wait till next year!