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Summer Picnic: Food, Fun and More

On Tuesday, June 12, more than a thousand people from the Smith community will gather for the largest college community event of the year. Note: Due to a forecast of severe thunderstorms, heavy winds and the possibility of hail, the event will take place inside the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.

The annual Staff-Faculty Picnic will feature, as always, a field full of inflatable activities, including a massive slide, a bouncy house for the little ones, and a fastball pitching area. Also, back by popular request this  year will be a four-sided climbing wall and a tethered trampoline. Meanwhile, face- and nail-painters will offer their artistic renderings and a DJ will spin music for listening and dancing.

All the while, picnic food, grilled fresh on the premises, and an assortment of beverages and desserts will keep the crowd satisfied.

The picnic will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Along with opportunities to eat, have fun and socialize with fellow employees and their families, the annual picnic also offers a chance to contribute to a worthy cause. Each year, the picnic includes a fundraising campaign to raise money for a local charitable organization.

This year’s event raised several hundred dollars for Friends of Children, a child advocacy agency in Florence, and the Interfaith Cot Shelter, a local organization that provides shelter for homeless people.

Past recipients of Faculty-Staff Picnic fundraising have included Jessie’s House, the Northampton Survival Center, the American Cancer Society, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

This June 12, keep in mind, as you’re winding up for your best fast pitch or munching grilled chicken, that the annual Faculty-Staff Picnic is not only an opportunity to have a good time; it also raises much-needed funds for local charitable organizations.

6/6/07   Eric Sean Weld
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