In 2011, Nicole Knotts, a site supervisor for the Child Development Center, met Steve Denyes, singer of a local children’s band called Hullabaloo. Her 5 year old son loved the music and they became “groupies”, attending local concerts frequently, standing in line for days in the pouring rain to get tickets, etc.*
That is where the Family Night Child Development Center Fundraiser began. Nicole’s idea was to help facilitate an annual event that would get our Child Development Center families out for an evening of fun and camaraderie with other center families and staff, while simultaneously raising some money. This year’s event began by opening the gates of the center and welcoming the families to bring a blanket and picnic on the grassy area of the largest playground. Families brought their own food and also purchased pizza and cookies (which were for sale at the center). About an hour after the gates opened, Steve pulled out his guitar and sang several of his original songs. Favorites around Nicole’s house are Grownup Sippy Cup (about mom needing her “sippy cup” from Starbucks), Polite Pete the Pirate, Everybody Clap Your Hands (a staple in her classroom), as well as many of the tried and true childhood favorites. For 30 minutes, all sang, danced, & shook maracas & waved scarves.
This year, to add a little bit of fun and competition, the staff added a pre-sale ticket challenge. The classroom that sold the most tickets won a copy of the newly released Hullabaloo CD Shy Kid Blues.
The fundraiser was a great success and much fun– $700 was also raised for the center! Well done folks- a great community event for all!
* (Some of this may be embellished by the dean)