Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

March 3, 2013

Diabetes Carnival draws a crowd

Brent Brown
Greensburg Daily News

New Point — The sixth annual Diabetes “Carnival for a Cure” brought a steady stream of fun-loving folks to the New Point Community Building Saturday — and by the time it had ended, the event had raised $3,300 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Organizer Wendy Bohman stated she was happy with the turn-out, which brought myriad kids and adults to the small community for a few hours of games and fun aimed at raising money toward diabetes research. Those who stopped by the New Point Community Building could take shots at targets with a NERF gun, fling plush Angry Birds characters from a slingshot, try out a Price is Right-inspired “Plinko” game, and even attempt to sink a putt or two in miniature golf. Participants earned tokens that could be redeemed for small prizes.

Participants could also purchase tickets that were placed into drawings for sought-after gift baskets as well as items such as a Kindle Fire, iPad Mini and small High-Definition TV.

The carnival included a variety of homemade cookies, cupcakes and other baked goods, while several children sported fake mustaches and wore silly hats in the carnival spirit.

Bohman said she is happy to have seen the program grow so quickly over the course of the last six years, and noted the carnival raised more money this year than last. In the near future, Bohman said she hopes to partner with Decatur County Memorial Hospital in some capacity, in the hopes that one day the carnival may be able to incorporate screenings for diabetes.

The ultimate goal of the event was to raise money for the JDRF, Bohman said, though spreading awareness — especially of Type I Diabetes — and educating the public on the autoimmune disease are also of great importance. Bohman organizes the carnival alongside friends Kandi Wesseler and Robin Allen. All three have children with Type I Diabetes.

But Saturday’s focus was equally aimed at hosting a fun time for all community members, who appeared to revel in the many games and activities on display. Especially happy were the prizewinners listed below:

wine and kitchen baskets - Carrie Summers

movie basket - Diane Bohman

chocolate basket - Melinda Raab

31 basket - Barb O’Dell

iPad Mini - Jeremy Brown

teen boy basket - Robin Allen

Scentsy basket - Macy Kinker

television - Bev Bryant

American Girl Dolls - Terry King, Kailie Ruble

spa package - Beth Brandenburg

cheesecake and teen girl baskets - Michelle Anderson

Kindle Fire - Paula Wilhelm

boys basket and scooter - Collin Bryant

Contact: Brent Brown 812-663-3111 x7056