Oct. 2, 2019 — Saturday was Family Fun Day at Holiday Bowl. The event, sponsored by the Pregnancy and Parenting Center of Florence (PPC), was free, with dozens of people of all ages enjoying an afternoon of bowling and eating pizza.
PPC staff and volunteers, along with assistance from several local organizations, made the day a great success according to Susan Kirby, executive director for PPC.
“We just wanted to create an opportunity for families to come together and have fun together. And it turned out to be a really fun event for everyone” said Kirby. “We had people of all ages bowling and having pizza and doughnuts and talking and getting to know each other. We had a bouncy house for the little ones, and we had a lot of kids and even some parents that had never bowled before. They all had a great time.”
The services offered by PPC include educational information regarding pregnancy, life skills training, peer counseling and weekly parent and child playgroups.
Kirby was also quick to point out the contributions made by volunteers and sponsors that made the day a possibility, particularly Mike and Chris Lemhouse, owners of Holiday Bowl.
“Mike and Chris were awesome. They donated the building for the day and Dusty [Anderson] came in on his morning off to make sure everything went smoothly,” Kirby said. “We were able to get other sponsors to contribute food and beverages and we had volunteers from the First Baptist Church, Siuslaw High School Bowling Team, True Value Hardware and the Boys and Girls Club to help us out during the day — which was busier than we expected.”
The nice weather contributed to the big turnout on Saturday, which Kirby estimated at more than 250 people.
Joe Crenshaw was the onsite coordinator for the Family Fun Day, and he was surprised not only by the turnout but also by the willingness of the community to step up and support a day designed specifically for families.
“Our event was a tremendous success in terms of kids and families having a fun time. The event was also a success because of the great turnout we had, with 280 participants and volunteers,” Crenshaw said. “We also had face painting, corn hole and lots of pizza and donuts. We are very thankful for the work the volunteers did to make this event happen.”
Kirby was also clear that the day would not have been possible without the support of the communi-ty.
“We hosted the event, but our sponsors paid for this event. It also makes the work we do at the PPC possible.”
For more information on the parenting support services available at PPC, call 541-902-2273.