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Cold weather proved no deterrent to children and their families who wished to attend Mooseheart’s 6th annual Easter Egg Hunt. In fact, all indications are that more than the 4,000 who attended in 2015 showed for the annual scramble for plastic eggs and other goodies on the campus’ football field.
“People were calling all week to see if the event was still taking place. We told them that we were still planning it, but wondered what the turnout would be. The cold weather didn’t cause people to stay home, and we’re pleased with that,” Mooseheart Director of Residential Living, Community I Pete Daneels said.
The centerpiece of the day’s activities held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is always the egg hunt, which begins at 11 a.m., and is over within five minutes. This year, the start was held five minutes to allow late-arriving egg hunters to take their places. Once again, the field was quickly cleared of 12,000 plastic eggs, 500 pounds of wrapped candy, pencils, stickers and plush animals.
“If they were here on-time for the egg hunt, no one left empty-handed,” Daneels said. “We had volunteers who carried some ‘reserve candy.’ If a child ends up not gathering much from the field, we want to make sure they get some candy and that everyone leaves happy.”
The Easter Egg Hunt has become a family tradition for many families, who came from many suburbs to enjoy the day’s events, which included pony rides, a petting zoo, as well as a free hot dog lunch and crafts inside the campus’ fieldhouse. The Easter Bunny and Mooseheart’s mascot moose were also on-hand for photographs. All activities, including the Easter Egg Hunt, were free.
“It definitely goes to our philosophy in the Moose Fraternity that we want to be the ‘Heart of the Community’. Just like the Holiday Lights, which we host every year, we want to have events here that allow families to build great traditions,” Daneels said.