Letter to the Editor

Thanks for support of EggFest '09

Friday, April 10, 2009

To the Editor:

Thanks to all the "good eggs" that helped make EggFest'09 nighttime egg hunt for teens, an egg-stremely successful event.

Months of planning by the "good egg" partners, Friends of the Park Association of Putnam County, the Greencastle Park and Recreation and VOICE-Indiana Youth Speaking out Against Teen Tobacco Use- was rewarded by watching nearly 500 teens attend the fifth annual event. Hunting eggs, with a flash light in the park after dark, might sound silly to some by not to our "good egg" corporate sponsors- Kroger, Hendricks Power Cooperative, Mill Pond Health Campus, and the Putnam County Tobacco Prevention & Cessation - who so willingly jumped on board with their sponsorships to help provide the music, food and fun for the local teens. Thanks also go to Avery Robinson, Greencastle Middle School 8th grader, who designed the EggFest web page, www.eggfest.org

Not just 5,000 candy stuffed eggs, but the possibility finding a "Golden Egg" or one of the more than 700 other prizes donated by nearly 100 local and national companies, enticed most of the teen participants to come to Robe Ann Park to attend Friday night's egg hunting event.

Besides music, food and prized stuffed eggs, Friends of the Park reached out to the teens at each year's EggFest event to provide a message. Having the EggFest as a "smoke free event" provides our community teens with a clear message that you can still have fun without the use of tobacco products.

The mission of the Friends of Park Association of Putnam County, Inc. is to provide healthy recreation and to promote the enjoyment of our community parks for all of Putnam County. If you are someone that understands that community parks, recreation, and programming are irreplaceable assets for all who live in Putnam County, please consider becoming a member of Friends of the Park.

EggFest'09 Committee,

Jan Firebaugh, Member

Friends of the Park Association of Putnam Co.

Greencastle Parks and Recreation

Meredith Williams, Coordinator

Putnam County Tobacco Prevention & Cessation & VOICE