We hosted a hugely successful Pumpkin Festival this weekend, raising over $22,000 for Camp Sunshine. Please congratulate event chairs Glennie LeBaron and Ariel Silverman as well as the following committee chairs. They have worked diligently for many months to make this event happen.
Planning for the WHS Pumpkin Festival started last spring with interviews for the planning committee. The Planning committees were broken down into subcommittees: Food, Entertainment, Auction, Pumpkin Carving, Kids Activities, Catapult, Publicity, Welcome Table, and General Volunteers. Each subcommittee was let by a student chair or co-chairs (see roster at end). All volunteers were required to raise at least $50 and come to either clean up or set up. Higher-level volunteers, like committee members and co-chairs, attended several planning meetings and were involved in obtaining all the event materials and coordinating the performances and volunteers.
Students worked tirelessly through the spring, summer, and fall to plan activities, book performances and gather materials, and solicit Auction donations. The result was a fantastic event, which was held on October 14, 2017 of this year. The event offered games ranging from bean bag toss to cookie decorating, as well as live performances. Two of the Weston High School a cappella groups, the Town Criers and the Pralines, sang an assortment of songs and medleys. The band Oakland featuring seniors Robert Sheiman and Alex Friedman had their set interrupted by light rain but carried on playing classic rock hits by the Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones and more. In addition to live entertainment, there were several other student-run activities throughout the day. The raffle and silent auctions brought in money, as well as the food and merchandise for sale. Student volunteers also ran food and game stations, including a miniature petting zoo.
The town-wide event raised $22,000 for Camp Sunshine, a camp that supports children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses. Through these funds, the Weston community will help continue this organization for many years to come. This money will go directly toward making a difference in the lives of children suffering terminal illnesses as well their families in coping with the toll of the terminal illness.
Alex Chiocca, Andrew Black, Cameron Schluter, Devon Parker, Kelcie Levin, Will McNamara, Whitney Sins, Natalie Cutter, Avery Tomaso, Melissa Barbosa
Thank you to all who came to support the students.
Weston High School is running its twelfth annual Pumpkinfest on October 14, 2017 12-4 pm on the Weston Town Green. The event raises money to support Camp Sunshine, a year-round, cost-free retreat in Casco, Maine for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. There will be face painting, pumpkin carving, a costume contest, pumpkin trebuchets (pumpkin chunkin’!), and live entertainment. This year’s fundraising goal is $20,000. If you can’t make the event, you can donate online here:
This annual October event on the Town Green raises money for Camp Sunshine, a camp in Maine for children suffering from life threatening illnesses.
Camp Sunshine, set on Lake Sebago, has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family – the ill child, the parents and the siblings.
Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 30,000 individuals from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. The money raised from the festival this past Sunday will allow almost 30 families to attend the retreat for one week.