Fun Fair packs ’em in at Hillcrest School in Antioch
By Beth Kramer firstname.lastname@example.org March 10, 2013 5:49PM
Antioch-3/9/13, Sat./Hillcrest Elementary School Tim Zorich, of Antioch gets to smell a balloon flower from his daughter during Fun Fair Saturday at Hillcrest Elementary School in Antioch. | Joe Shuman~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 12, 2013 6:06AM
Hundreds flocked to the indoor carnival that came to Antioch on Saturday.
Gavin Hanrahan, 5, was excited to get a snake face-painting and play the football game. He rated Hillcrest Elementary School’s Fun Fair “good” and said he wanted to go back.
His mother, Heather Hanrahan of Antioch, was the event chairwoman for the PTO.
“This is the family event of the year for fund-raising,” Hanrahan said.
The annual Fun Fair brought in almost $12,000, she said. The money goes back to the school to fund the school’s positive-behavior program and additional resources for teachers. About 500-600 people attended, she estimated.
The event resurrected crowd favorites like the bouncy houses, face painting and balloon artists. They added a cookie-decorating station and photo booth with costumes.
“We had a very positive response from everyone who was attending,” Hanrahan said.
Students had a hand in the fund-raising this year as well. Each class came up with a themed basked for the silent auction. Barbie, game night, Chicago Bears, and family fun were among the themes.
The class that created the basket that raised the most money wins a movie viewing party. The winner will be announced this week, Hanrahan said.
The baskets were among several raffle and silent auction items. Other items included a family pass for the new Antioch pool, four Disney World passes and one week of summer camp at Hastings YMCA.
Students also helped run the event. Girl and Boy Scouts, Antioch Upper Grade honors program students, and National Honor Society students from Lakes and Antioch high schools volunteered their time to run the event, Hanrahan said.
The Fun Fair went well, she said. “It will definitely be brought back next year.