‘Family Fun Day’ lived up to its name

More than 700 children and family members attended Catalina CHOICES Family Fun Day at Joe Machado Field last Saturday.  Kids and their families participated in the many activities offered such as games, crafts, a lip sync contest, bingo, ping-pong, foosball and more from 4-10 p.m.  CHOICES had planned for approximately 400 participants but were very happy with the large turnout.

More than 700 children and family members attended Catalina CHOICES Family Fun Day at Joe Machado Field last Saturday.  Kids and their families participated in the many activities offered such as games, crafts, a lip sync contest, bingo, ping-pong, foosball and more from 4-10 p.m.  CHOICES had planned for approximately 400 participants but were very happy with the large turnout.
“Because of the overwhelming turnout, some families were not able to participate in the free food and for that we’re very sorry,” said Rhonda Kalish, continuing care specialist for CHOICES.
“But it was great to see so many local and visiting families come together for Family Fun Day,” Kalish said.
Family Fun Day had been planned, on fairly short notice, in response to Bud Light’s, Up For Whatever Weekend planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  The majority of Front Street (Crescent Avenue) was to be closed off to all but Bud Light contest winners and locals over 21 for the entire weekend. “We wanted to provide alternative activities for our community,” Kalish said.
Anheuser-Busch has promised to donate $10,000 to CHOICES to cover the costs of Family Fun Day and to support CHOICES education, prevention and intervention efforts to prevent alcohol use and abuse by youth in Avalon.  
According to their website, since 1982, Anheuser-Busch’s, Our World, Our Responsibility Program, has donated over $1 billion to responsibility programs that prevent under-aged drinking and drunken driving.  “After all, these are our roads, our kids, our neighborhoods and this is our Earth; and it is our obligation to work together to help support our communities,” the website said.
CHOICES’ mission is to help Island youth make responsible decisions about alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. 

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