Superheroes, princesses, ghosts and goblins – get ready! The Town of Farragut will host the 19th annual Freaky Friday Fright Nite on Friday, October 30 from 5 to 7pm at Mayor Bob Leonard Park on Watt Road. The event will provide a safe place for children to participate in Halloween activities while benefiting the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House.
Children age 12 and under and in costume are invited to “trick or treat” around the walk trail at the park. Local businesses, community groups and Town volunteers will hand out the treats, provide games with prizes, assist with cookie decorating and serve refreshments. For a complete list of participating businesses and organizations, visit www.townoffarragut.org/freakyfriday.
The Town has partnered with the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House each year of the event since 2000 in order to collect essential items that the House needs to continue day-to-day operations. The Ronald McDonald House provides a “home away from home” for families with critically ill children being served by area hospitals and depends on community donations to operate. Families are provided all services for a nominal fee or for free of charge if they are unable to pay.
“What a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some family fun and to help those in need at the same time,” said Sue Beverly, Director of the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House. “All the donations that are collected during Freaky Friday for our Ronald McDonald House are so deeply appreciated and put to good use by the grateful residents of our ‘House that Love Built.’”
While Freaky Friday Fright Nite is a free event, participants are asked to donate one or more of the following items: food items including individually wrapped crackers (cheese and peanut butter varieties), snack cakes and granola bars; household items including kitchen size and large trash bags, paper towels, styrofoam bowls, dishwasher detergent, Lysol spray, bed pillows and 60 watt CFL light bulbs; postage stamps; and gift cards to discount stores (Walmart), grocery/hardware stores (Kroger, Home Depot, Lowe’s) and gas stations. Cash donations will also be accepted. Collection stations will be located at two areas: next to the cookie decorating station and next to the entrance from the Harrison Road parking lot.
Additional information about the mission of the Knoxville Ronald McDonald House and volunteer opportunities can be found by visiting www.knoxrmhc.org or by calling 637-7475.
For more information about Freaky Friday, contact Lauren Cox at [email protected] or 966-7057 or visit www.townoffarragut.org/freakyfriday. In the case of inclement weather, call 966-2420 after 3pm for the status of the event.