Number of Participants: 5
Hours Donated: 10
Value of Time Served: $423
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: October 31, 2018
Members of Lynbrook High School’s National Art Honor Society did not let the stormy weather deter them from giving back as they hosted their annual Night of Pumpkins event on the evening of Oct. 27. Through their charity event, the students raised $5,276 in the first two hours and donated $4,000 to the Community Chest South Shore, a non-profit organization that supports local charities who give back to community members in need.
With the guidance of art teacher and National Art Honor Society advisor Michael Kunz, the students prepared for the anticipated event by hollowing out and carving approximately 200 pumpkins. They created spectacular designs on the pumpkins such as popular cartoon characters, Halloween settings, the Lynbrook owl and more for the community to enjoy and choose from during the event.
Attendees were asked to give a $5 donation at the door as they entered the event which was held in the Lynbrook High School cafeteria and gymnasium. In addition to the pumpkin sales, National Art Honor Society members provided an array of Halloween inspired activities. They also had giveaways, a photobooth, delicious snacks, face painting, games, craft table and a movie for children to enjoy. The pumpkins brightened the gymnasium as they were displayed for picking.
Night of the Pumpkins is a beloved event that the Lynbrook community has embraced each and every year.
“I’ve been going to Night of the Pumpkins even before I was in high school and I remember looking at the pumpkins and thinking ‘wow, how could someone possibly do that,’” said National Art Honor Society Vice President Madelyn Colonna. “Now, five years later, I’m here carving these pumpkins. It’s a mind-blowing experience.”
After the successful event, National Art Honor Society members donated the remainder of their Night of the Pumpkin cinch bags from the event to the St. Mary’s Hospital for Children Pediatric Day Healthcare Program in Bayside, Queens to use for trick-or-treating.