Thanks to all who came out and gave a hand at our Make-A-Wish fundraising event this past Friday!! It turned out being a great success. From 6:30 in the morning to 10:00 at night, there was always something going.
We had a great turn out for our 5k race in the morning, with Yanni Gullagher from Kanab coming in as the winner in 24 minutes, 51 seconds. He beat out a family reunion and two of his long-distance track friends. The first three to cross the red ribbon each won a prize; all participants joined us for a light breakfast of fruit and donuts.
We also had a lot of fun at our carnival with face painting, a silent auction, chair massages, and many other fun events. An art student volunteered her time to come and run our face painting; our massage therapists came to offer chair massages and finger painting. Various staff members helped with balloon tying, go-fish, the slip and slide, and more.
Our BBQ was delicious and our general manager, Michael Kane, got soaked as we threw water balloons at him during his first ever zip line ride. Staff and guests all bought balloons to throw. At the end, the spare balloons were used for the noble purpose of an all-out water fight. The Muddyboot Band was fantastic and we had a lot of fun dancing to their great music. They were generous enough to donate their time and skill to our barn dance. Line dancing, country swing, and party dancing were all thoroughly enjoyed.
Through the day’s events and generous contributions from local businesses, we were able to donate $1,260 to the Utah Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. This will help Utah kids and their families make it through many difficult medical issues and have wonderful memorable experiences. We are so grateful to all those who donated time and supplies to our event and to those guests who came and participated in the activities.