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Family Fun Day raises donations for Pasco summer camps

NEW PORT RICHEY - The Pasco County Parks and Recreation department held a Family Fun Day last Saturday at the Verizon Event Center that also will benefit needy children.

The money raised from donations at the July 6 event will go to the county's summer camps.

One of the main uses for the money will be a youth scholarship program. The program aims to help children go to the summer camps that they may not otherwise be able to afford fees.

"It's an opportunity for kids to have a great time in a safe environment," Brian Taylor, the parks and recreation manager, said.

Pat Campbell, who was there with her grandchildren, said, "It's a great time for families to play together."

Lorey Tinti helped out as a volunteer at the event. "I knew it would help the community and the children," she said.

Children could choose from a multitude of activities, including carnival games, an indoor miniature golf course, and even a chance to take a picture with Spider-Man, provided by Pinteralli's Palette.

Coach Carlson's Field of Dreams sponsored the event and donated the main features of the day, including a monster inflatable slide, an inflatable obstacle course, and a bounce house.

Pony Tails Farm donated a petting zoo with farm animals, such as a chicken and several ducks.

There are a wide range of summer camps provided by the county parks and recreation department.

Parks that are still accepting camp registrations for specific weeks include Land O' Lakes Community Park, Starkey Wilderness Park, and Veterans Memorial Park. These parks also provide many other recreational activities, such as camping and sports.
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