Fort Collins families and community members, along with campus Greeks, tossed beanbags, rings and pies in the Lory Student Center North Ballroom Sunday at the first annual Children’s Carnival to benefit Before and After School Enrichment Camp.
The CSU Interfraternity Council and the Panhellenic Council, along with 11 Greek chapters, hosted the carnival to show they want to participate in the community.
“The carnival was a way for us to get our positive image out to the community and to let families of Fort Collins see that we want to help out and be involved in the community,” said Jeff Trefz, Interfraternity Council vice president of Community Service.
Both Greek councils organized the event, creating traditional carnival booths and other activities for children to participate in.
Although the event was free to enter, all booths and activities required tickets, which cost 25 cents each. All proceeds will be donated to the Before And After School Enrichment Camp (BASE Camp), which supports nearly 3,000 elementary school students in Fort Collins after-school programs.
“(The Intrafraternity Council) really stepped up to the plate planning this event and it is really a great boost to us to help support what we are doing,” said Mark Dorr, BASE Camp resource development director. “We are really busy at this time of the year and so it was nice that they were willing to do so much for us.”
The camp, which is a non-profit organization, has a policy of not turning anyone away due to financial need and instead helps them find other ways to pay for after-school care.
“We are trying to raise money to help BASE be able to keep doing what they are doing and to keep them functioning correctly and to give more children a chance to be in the system,” Trefz said.
BASE camp provides homework help for kids, promotes in-class learning and offers crafts, games, physical activities and enrichment activities as part of their program.
“With the economy the way it is, there are more families that need help and more people that cannot pay for child care that we have to help out and so any money coming in really helps us out,” Dorr said.
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