MRI Field Day, formerly known as Overcome Obstacles, took place Friday, April 30th in MRI Meaningful Meadows. Big thank you to CEFCU for being the presenting sponsor and WAND for joining us & providing media coverage.
Before Field Day was officially kicked off at 10am, we had memorial items in Meaningful Meadows dedicated to two individuals MRI misses very much. First, a shaded spot called Cathy’s Corner dedicated to Cathy Comerford, who had attended MRI for 56 years.
The second dedication was a memorial bench for Charles Elem, who was a dedicated employee in License Plates. The family and friends of Cathy and Charles attended and a member from each of their families spoke during the dedication.
At 10am we opened the gates to the community and the fun began! MRI clients, staff, and the community enjoyed the day playing various outdoor games and connecting with one another. In the middle of Meaningful Meadows, boards for “corn-hole” or “bags” was set up along with croquet and bottles of bubbles. Next to that was an area for Mini Golf sponsored by King-Lar. A refreshing snack and drink could be gotten at an adorable lemonade and popcorn stand made possible by GFI Digital. The gym was adorned with art made by our persons served and in the corner was a photo booth, both sponsored by Clow.
Delicious bratwursts and burgers were grilled for lunch, provided by Jerger Pediatric Dentistry. After lunch, ice cream sundaes were served by Hickory Point Bank. Next to the sundae station, was a face-painting station sponsored by Clow. Persons served loved getting their faces painted to look like either cute puppies or ferocious tigers and many others in between.
Once music was turned on, a dance party began and everyone got loose and groovy to dance hits. The Millikin Women’s Basketball team even came to shoot hoops on the Meaningful Meadow’s court, sponsored by King-Lar. To wrap up the day, DECU sponsored a Community Kickball Game where persons served, community members, sponsor representatives, and the Millikin Women’s Basketball team all took part in.
It was such a relief to finally enjoy Meaningful Meadows, and to use it to reconnect with our community after such a long year of being apart due to COVID-19 restrictions.