More than 800 candy-filled eggs were hidden under the straw-covered hunting ground.
In addition, there were surprise eggs that children redeemed for flying airplanes, sidewalk chalk, oversized coloring posters, lawn bubble kits, cuddly stuffed animals, and an assortment of age-appropriate gifts.
The Post was full of excitement and laughter as families reviewed the 30 raffle baskets and the “Count the Jelly Bean” jar challenge.
Baskets were donated by members of the Post and the Auxiliary, as well as local businesses and restaurants.
A large old-fashioned hay wagon, provided by Charlie Harris of Lower Makefield, set the outdoor photo booth with its patriotic theme.
Kid-sized cutouts of Mickey and Minnie Mouse, hand-cut and painted by Auxiliary Vice President Linda Albano, played host to the Easter themed display.
National award-winning photographer John Warwick, Vietnam veteran and Post member, assembled families and friends for keepsake photos.
Trustee Carolyn Havrilla reported that, “It was standing room only. How great to see the Post full to capacity, and on such a happy occasion!”
President JoAnne Hertkorn remarked that she is, “ …so grateful to provide our local veterans with a free family event that is safe and welcoming. No matter the need we are family for all veterans, and welcome new members.”
Post President Russ Davidson would like the thank the organizing committee, Auxiliary members, Linda Albano, Annette Arnold, Carolyn Havrilla, Joanne Hertkorn, Marianne Mundy, and Nancy Pico.
A gargantuan thank you goes out to the Bunny Helpers that made the day such a success: Annette Arnold, Joyce Leichliter, Gayle Linington, Lisa Redfern, and AJ Winger.
Special recognition to friends of the Auxiliary: Bobbie Paul, Roger Seldes and Rich Havrilla, who did all the heavy lifting of the bales of straw, the picnic tables and the hay wagon transport and set-up.
The VFW is dedicated to patriotism and serving those families that sacrifice so much to keep this nation free by serving in the armed forces. If you are active duty or a veteran, contact them at 215-493-9822 to give them the privilege to serve you OR stop by the Post at 1444 Yardley-Newtown Road, Lower Makefield, and just ring the backdoor bell!
PHOTO CAP: Seated from left, Mickey Mouse, Joyce Leichliter, Joanne Hertkorn, Linda Albano, and Minnie Mouse; standing, Lisa Redfern, Susan Kimble, Carolyn Havrilla, Sandy Johnson, Nancy Pico, Annette Arnold, and Marianne Mundy.