It was a gorgeous spring day. A day not unlike what you’d imagine as the setting in a storybook, the temperature neither cool nor warm and the sun shining high in the sky, gently eclipsed by the occasional string of white, puffy clouds. The hamburgers sizzled on the grill, emanating a mouth-watering aroma in smoky tendrils that surrounded the gathered crowd of friendly faces, producing bright smiles and eager stomachs.
What a fantastic day it was! In total, there were close to 270 attendees at the CCS spring picnic this year, and that includes the most volunteers we’ve ever had for a spring picnic! We are so grateful to all of those who came out to help or donated to this event. Tom Vooris, President of ChoicesToYou donated hundreds of hamburgers, cheese, hotdogs, and buns and worked that grill like a Master Griller.
We would also like to thank the AKA Lithonia – Tau Pi Omega Chapter for their assistance. Their members are such incredible, warm-hearted individuals and we appreciate them so much.
This year, CCS was proud to host Chopper, the Gwinnett Braves’ mascot! The kids had a blast meeting, playing, and dancing with Chopper!
The kids also got to enjoy face-painting courtesy of the splendid talents of Cathy’s Creative Faces and Body Art joined by Bert, and balloon shapes twisted by our guest clown, Don’t Kno.
Our springtime activities also included corn hole, a wet sponge relay, and a sack race! All of which was fueled by the sweet, sweet sugary treats that were donated for the Cake Walk. Thanks to all who contributed!
The park was bright with smiles on Saturday. On the faces of our foster children, our adults with developmental disabilities, our volunteers, and our staff members and guests. We made lasting memories and received wonderful feedback from so many.
Thanks again to all of those who made this picnic possible! As always, our event coordinator, Paula Fine, put so much effort into making this picnic a success! Zoe and Austin, long-time volunteers, Joe Freeman, Doug, Carol Moses who donated her delicious homemade chocolates, and our DJ, Keith Jr. Wilder with Positive Impact International, and all of our staff, board members, and volunteers: Thank you so much for your time and dedication!
Photography by Milo Wesley with contributions from Lori D. Brickman