FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2017
Contact: Jon Ebelt, Public Information Officer, DPHHS, (406) 444-0936
Chuck Council, Communications Specialist, DPHHS, (406) 444-4391
Halloween Fun Fest is October 29
Event is a free carnival for families
The Montana Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is hosting a safe, warm, and fun event for families to play and interact by throwing a free Halloween carnival on Sunday, October 29 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Capital City Health Club.
The fifth annual Halloween Fun Fest will include games and activities including a scavenger hunt, costume swap, cakewalk, photo booth, games, and more. In addition, information will also be provided to help raise awareness and promote the many resources that Helena has to help nurture children, strengthen families, and support communities.
Melissa Lavinder of the CTF encourages interested families to bring gently used costumes to the event, so their children can exchange for a ‘new’ one. “The costume swap is an opportunity for children to trade their costumes from last year for different ones and have a little fun in the process,” she said. Costumes can also be donated at Capital City Health Club and other participating locations prior to the event.
New this year is a flu shot clinic sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) and Lewis and Clark Public Health. “We’re proud to help sponsor the flu clinic to help those in our community fight the flu,” said John Doran, Divisional Vice President of External Affairs and Chief of Staff at BCBSMT.
Lewis and Clark Public Health and BCBSMT will be offering free influenza vaccine for all children and their families at the event. “The most effective way to protect yourself and those around you is to get a flu shot,” said Shelly Maag, RN from Lewis and Clark Public Health.
Maag recommends those interested in the flu shot clinic bring their insurance card.
Last year, over 1,500 children and adults attended the Fun Fest, Lavinder said. Lavinder explained that more volunteers are needed this year. “With our event continuing to grow, we need more volunteers to help out.” Interested volunteers should contact Olivia.Gaete@mt.gov, (760) 668-9653, or sign up on VolunteerHelena.org.
More information can also be found on the Children’s Trust Fund Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mtchildrenstrust.
The overarching goal of this event is to create awareness of the CTF and its mission. Through community-based efforts, the CTF is working to strengthen and support families across Montana.
Current sponsors and donors include: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana, Montana Radio Company, Montana Television Network, Montana Parent Magazine, Capital City Health Club, First Interstate Bank, Helena Exchange Club Coldwater Public Relations, Allegra Marketing, and Hunt Law Firm.
About the Children’s Trust Fund
The Montana Children’s Trust Fund encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Montana a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, we can help promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.
The Montana Children’s Trust Fund works to reduce and ultimately eliminate maltreatment of Montana’s children. The trust fund provides financial support to local programs across the state to prevent child abuse and neglect and strengthen families. For more information about the Montana Children’s Trust Fund contact Melissa Lavinder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 444-3002.