Circle K will be hosting a free Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday, October 22 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the second and third floors of the Rebecca Stafford Student Center.
Both floors will be transformed into Halloween excitement for everyone involved to enjoy, said Brooke Lichter, the Vice President of Circle K. There will be candy and prizes to receive while trick-or-treating through the halls, costume contest, games, and music throughout the building during the event.
“The event focuses on having a fun and exciting environment for children and their parents who would not normally get the chance to participate in the holiday season due to their personal situations,” Lichter said.
Different organizations are coming together to take part in the event, including Ronald McDonald House, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Linkages, Manna House, and Dottie’s House.
This is the second year that the Halloween Extravaganza is occurring. The idea was proposed by an event committee member last year and turned out to be worthwhile, according to Lichter. The organization has decided that they will keep hosting the event for many years to come.
Circle K has been a part of the University community for three years and has experienced an increase in membership each year.
“Since our club is part of a bigger network, we have to have at least 15 due paid members to be considered an active chapter, but we always shoot for more than that,” said Elizabeth Rimassa, Co-President of Circle K.
Circle K is the world’s largest collegiate organization that strives for leadership among its members. Its goal is to meet the personal needs of college students through leadership, service, and friendship. The group focuses on having a lifelong commitment toward being responsible leaders and being active in helping their community. It attempts to inspire individuals who deal with important decisions in their life and also those who, in the future, will mold the vision of society for years to come.
Deborah Smith, the former advisor of Circle K, has high hopes for the upcoming event.
“We hope that this year’s extravaganza will be as successful as last year,” Smith said.
Smith said she was a part of last year’s event and saw how the children and students running the program enjoyed it.
The organization is inviting different student clubs and organization from the University to participate and do holiday themed activities with the children.
“This event seems like a great opportunity to help children in need and lets them have a little fun while doing it,” said Belinda Rao, a student at the University and an active member at Hawk TV. “I’m sure that many organizations on campus will want to participate.” Rao said she hopes that more student organizations partake in the event.
Circle K wants other students to get involved with the event and create games to play. Any group around campus that is interested in participating in the extravaganza can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Halloween extravaganza is paid for by fundraisers created by Circle K members.