Old-fashioned fun at carnival supports Alzheimer’s research

Discover why even kids enjoyed this festival – without a single new-fangled attraction – and learn the good it will bring about …

Taking a dunkin’ for charity: Krista Davis, the Community Relations Director at Courtyard Plaza helps raise money to benefit the local Alzheimer’s Association – by getting “drenched for dollars” in the dunk tank at their Vintage Carnival.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
At the 4th Annual Vintage Carnival, folks from miles around stopped by to enjoy an old-fashioned carnival experience – complete with midway games & prizes, a vintage car show, the Hopworks Urban Brewery beer garden, music & dancing, antique appraisals, a photo booth, and a complimentary picnic lunch and country lemonade.

“It’s our way, here at Courtyard Plaza & Senior Living, to help the community, and to invite people to visit our campus,” said the organization’s community relations director, Krista Davis, just before another whizzing baseball hit its target, dumping her in a dunk tank.

Old-fashioned carnival games, like Roll-a-Score and Balloon Burst provided inexpensive entertainment, and fun prizes.

Guests lined up for hot lunched, served by staff members.

“Jack, Gene and Friends” entertain with lively, standard tunes.

“The proceeds from the midway games, donations, and food vendors benefit the local Alzheimer’s Association,” Davis said, dripping, while warily watching for strong-armed pitchers, ready to give her another bath. “And, this is a fun way to let our neighbors know that were here and want to be involved in our community.”

The event raised $3,400 – not bad, considering all of the games and events only cost a dime each to play!

Swinging the giant mallet with all his might, Dale Persons hits the High Striker, rings the bell, and wins a prize.

© 2009 David F. Ashton ~ East Portland News

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