ELIZABETHTOWN — Under a canopy of clear blue skies that would make any Tar Heel fan proud, the Elizabethtown Walmart hosted a day-long Family Fun Day fundraiser Saturday that management and associates alike hoped would propel the store to its goal of $10,000 for Duke Children’s Hospital.
The event attracted a steady stream of visitors to the numerous activities on the east lawn of the store’s property.
There were areas for every age, including folks from Foxy 99 and Rock 103 who had live broadcasts and giveaways — along with two bounce houses, a bake sale, face painting by Walmart associate Amanda Mintz, games, several vendors selling a variety of items and a food booth with hot dogs, chips, drinks, cookies and popcorn.
“This really turned out a lot better than we thought it would,” said Stephanie Brock, a Walmart associate who helped organize the event. “We’re real happy with the crowd, and the weather is just perfect.”
Weather had been a concern, because the previous two days had reached up into the 90s. But Saturday stayed in the 80s and offered a consistent, gentle breeze.
Walmart started collecting for Duke Children’s Hospital, its annual benefactor, about two weeks prior to the Family Fun Day and had banked about $4,800. The store’s associated will continue to raise money through June 11 with a variety of smaller fundraisers.
“It (Family Fun Day) has been an awesome effort by the associates,” said Robert Turner, an assistant store manager. “They put a lot of time into it, and it’s great to see plenty of people coming by to donate for a good cause.”
Those who came by seemed to enjoy the activities.
“This is really nice; there’s enough for the kids to do and have fun,” said Jimmy Seabright of Ammon. “And it’s nice that Walmart does this. I’d like to see them do more like this throughout the year.”