Colchester Lions host 15th annual Bunny Blast
By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
Colchester - posted Mon., Apr. 18, 2011
The Colchester Lions Club hosted its 15th annual Bunny Blast last Sunday, April 17, taking over the William J. Johnston Middle School gym for a two-hour celebration of the upcoming Easter holiday. The free-admission Bunny Blast is one of the many community service projects hosted by the Lions Club.
Geared towards children under the age of 10, the Bunny Blast featured crafts, face-painting and an inflatable slide and bounce house, mostly manned by members of the Colchester Leo Club, the youth division of the Lions Club that assists with the events and other charitable programs.
The Easter Bunny was there for pictures, and each child was given a bag containing plastic eggs filled with candy. For the adults, there was a raffle, with prizes provided by the Colchester Stop and Shop, as well as Lions Club members. All of the money raised by the raffle “goes right back into the community,” by helping to pay for other Lions Club events, said Lion Erica Montie, the Bunny Blast chairperson.
Dr. Thomas Dempsey, of Colchester Eye Care, was also at the Bunny Blast, giving free pediatric eye exams - the first time such a service has been offered at the event.
“I was trying to bring something new to this event,” said Montie. The exams fit in with the overall mission of the Lions Club, which is to help the visually impaired, and also highlights the importance to the visual health of children of having their eyes examined regularly, said Montie.
According to Montie, attendance at the Bunny Blast has been steadily growing from year to year, with about 200 children expected this year, based on the number at last year’s event.
“It’s really great that the Lions do this every year,” said Rose Chapin, who was there with her daughter, Rebecca. “You can see how excited she is, as soon as she walks in the door,” she added.
For more information on the Colchester Lions and Leos clubs, visit www.colchesterlions.org.
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