April 1, 2011
Filed under Club News
Last year you may have heard about Noogiefest, but this year you are going to hear about Autumnfest. They are one in the same. Last year Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) helped Gilda’s Club in Latham, NY with their second annual Noogiefest. This year after Gilda’s club merged with the American Cancer Society, now being called HopeClub, we are helping again! Autumnfest, their Halloween extravaganza, is bringing the community together in a center devoted to the emotional healing of those with cancer, cancer survivors, and those affected by cancer through friends and family members.
Autumnfest was at the HopeClub in Latham, NY Saturday, October 23rd. Last year’s turnout had a few HUNDRED members of the community. To explain Autumnfest, it is first important to explain HopeClub. HopeClub is a place where those who currently have cancer, survivors of cancer, and family and friends of those with cancer can find love and support. There are networking groups, support groups, meditation and exercise classes, fun group events like canasta, quilting, knitting, and yoga all geared towards bringing hope by connecting people.
Autumnfest is a day where all community members can come to HopeClub and enjoy a free day of complete joy with their families in a transformed club house decorated to the nines to be as Halloween festive as possible. In fact, last year our college volunteered a good portion of time to aid in decorating, which we are following suit with again this year, thanks to survivorship chair, Brittany Fitzpatrick. There was carnival games, face painting, a haunted house, an adult and child inflatable bounce station, candy, a cupcake station, a craft table, a photo station for family photos, and many other events that would make any child’s day.
CAC ran the craft table at the event, helping children decorate spooky Halloween frames. This event is what being a Colleges Against Cancer member is all about. To quote one of HopeClub’s members, “It’s a day when no matter how you have been touched by cancer, cancer isn’t mentioned; it is a day when cancer is forgotten.” CAC and this beautiful organization, helped to make a day where cancer is replaced with life.