Looking for something fun to do with the kids that benefits a wonderful cause? If so, then look no further than the upcoming 21st annual Autumn Children’s Festival!
The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) of Greater Chattanooga will host its 21st annual Autumn Children’s Festival on October 2 and 3, 2010. Each year, approximately 3,000-3,500 children and families flock to the Tennessee Riverpark and participate in this event.
This year, the festival hours on Saturday will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will be held at the Tennessee Riverpark on Amnicola Highway.
New activities this year will include a Rolling Video Game mobile theater, a health fair, and a VW Chalk Bug. Additionally, as in years past, the festival will include inflatables, carnival games, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, face painting, and pony rides.
Participants will also have the opportunity to enjoy a magic show, see costumed characters, eat free Mayfield ice cream, and learn more about health, wellness and education through special programs.
General admission and parking are free; however, make sure to bring some spending money with you as the cost of activities vary from 50 cents to $3.00. Proceeds from the Autumn Children’s festival go to benefit families with critically ill and injured children at the Ronald McDonald House.
Each year, the Autumn Children’s Festival generates a whopping $35,000-$40,000 for Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House Charities. The funds generated from this festival go to help pay for operational expenses for the Ronald McDonald House and the Family Room at T.C. Thompson’s Children’s Hospital. The daily cost to run both facilities is $1,430 per day.
The Autumn Children’s Festival would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors including the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants, Erlanger, Volunteer State Health Plan, Chattanooga Zoo, Discovery Toys, Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, Junior League of Chattanooga, Chattanooga Fire Department, Children’s Advocacy Center, Galen Medical Group, Cover TN Kids, Cadek Conservatory of Music- Kindermusik, Safe & Sound, TN Highway Patrol and Covenant Transport.
RMHC of Greater Chattanooga helps families of critically injured and seriously ill children by providing a “home away from home” while their children are receiving treatment at nearby hospitals in the Chattanooga. RMHC of Greater Chattanooga, which includes the Ronald McDonald House, the Ronald McDonald Family Room at T.C. Thompson’s, and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, operates solely on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations.
For additional information on RMHC of Greater Chattanooga and how you can be a part of it, call (423) 778-4300 or click here.
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