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Community’s volunteers to host 2nd annual fun festival and health fair

For release on August 08, 2011

Indianapolis, IN---The Community Hospital North and The Indiana Heart Hospital Voluntary Auxiliary is sponsoring the 2nd annual fun festival and health fair August 12-14. The event, open to the public, will be held in the south parking lot of Community’s North Campus (east of the Community Regional Cancer Center) at 7150 Clearvista Drive. Neighbors are invited to enjoy food, games, vendors, live entertainment and health education, while helping support the fundraising efforts of Community’s volunteers.

Unique this year, Spaceport Indiana is partnering with Community to offer a special opportunity for students and adults on Saturday, August 13. All attendees are invited to take part in a high altitude balloon launch at approximately 12:30 p.m., which will also include creating payloads that will fly to near space, capturing video and photographs from within the atmosphere of low earth orbit. Educators, students, ham radio operators, Community employees and their families are encouraged to engage in this fun opportunity. For more information on the launch, visit http://www.spaceportindiana.com/Index/index.php.

The fun festival and health fair will include vendor booths (jewelry, books and children’s educational games), center stage entertainment and a Community Health Network tent. Vendors will be donating a portion of their proceeds to the Volunteer Auxiliary fund. Entertainment on the center stage will feature appearances by fitness instructors, the local Dance Connection dance crew, musical artists and many more. Kids can also enjoy the live animal show hosted by Silly Safari. Games, crafts, rides and food booths will be open during the entire event, August 12 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; August 13 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and August 14 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Putting an emphasis on wellness, the Community Health Network tent will offer free health information and blood pressure screenings. Educational information on topics such as breast care, childbirth, infection control, vaccinations, cardiovascular health, imaging, and sports medicine will be available.

“We are hoping this year’s event will help us surpass our funding goal for the hospitals,” said Bonnie McHenry, a member of the board of directors for the Volunteer Auxiliary and the event chairperson. “I believe it is a wonderful opportunity for the community to not only have fun, but also support our fundraising efforts, which go directly back to helping our hospitals better serve patients.”

The Volunteer Auxiliary is composed of active volunteers at Community Hospital North and The Indiana Heart Hospital. Each year, the auxiliary raises financial support to provide the hospital with new equipment, supplies, grants, and event funding. In the past eight years, this group of volunteers has purchased over $260,000 in equipment for the two Community facilities. All of the proceeds from the annual fun festival will go towards this continued support.

Admission to the event is $2.00 for adults and 50 cents for children 6-12 years old. Children ages 5 and under are admitted for free. This event is smoke-free, so attendees can experience fun and entertainment in a clean and healthy environment.

About Community Health Network
Ranked among the nation’s most integrated healthcare systems, Community Health Network is Central Indiana’s leader in access to innovative and compassionate healthcare services, where and when patients need them—in hospitals, in convenient health pavilions and doctor’s offices, in the workplace, at schools, in the home and online. As a non-profit health system with multiple sites of care and affiliates throughout Indiana, Community’s full continuum of care integrates hundreds of physicians, acute care and specialty hospitals, surgery centers, physician offices, home care services, walk-in care centers and employer health services. To put the needs and the convenience of patients first, Community pioneers advanced treatments and world-class health information technologies, with a focus on ease of access to exceptional care.

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Lynda de Widt, Media Relations
Lynda de Widt
Media Relations