SHU Bowling Lends a Helping Hand at Annual Fall Fair

FAIRFIELD, CONN. (October 23, 2013)—The Sacred Heart women's bowling team spent their weekend working at the New Canaan Nature Center's annual Fall Fair. This is the sixth year the Pioneer bowling team has volunteered at the fair. 

"It is a nice way to give back to the local communities and families plus also a great way for our team to work together for an entire day," said Head Coach Becky Kregling.

The last two years, the Pioneers worked the food booth, face painting and other areas which needed help, like the Apple Sling. This year, Chevi Panzanella and Kara Mangiola even gave the pie-eating contest a try. The first two years, the team was in charge of the Haunted Trail. Then, for the next two years, they worked the kids' games area. 

"I used to have to contact them, but now the Director of Volunteers calls me to confirm we're coming," said Kregling.

The Fall Fair, which raises money to help support the not-for-profit New Canaan Nature Center, is run annually by the Nature Center.  Many staff, Board of Trustees members and volunteers work hard to make it successful. The fair is aimed at younger children, and features games with tickets for prizes, animal shows, pie eating contest, a Haunted Trail, Apple Sling, Pony Rides, Human Hamster Ball, Pumpkin Decorating, Hay Maze, etc.

 "The bowling team is amazing," said Jennifer Rayher, director of membership and volunteers at the New Canaan Nature Center. "It is because of volunteers like them that the Nature Center is able to put together the Fall Fair."