Preview: Care Carnival
by Tim Borland
The second annual Care Carnival will return to downtown Mobile on November 6. The fundraiser is for Woody’s Song, a program of The Learning Tree to benefit children with autism. This free family friendly block party will occur on Jackson Street between Dauphin and St. Francis nearby Hayley’s Bar.
The no cover charity event will occur between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. with entertainment for guests to enjoy. A variety of carnival games such as cornhole, clown toss, fish for duckies, tic tac toe frogs, ring toss, street bowling, solo cup crash, surprise grab, and punch-a-hole will be available for all to play with the purchase of tickets. There will even be a pie booth featuring Mobilians like Mobile advocate Darwin Singleton, SEC All-American Center for University of Alabama Roger Shultz, Hayley’s owner Delane Bond, Southsounds cofounder Emily Hayes, and Alchemy Tavern owner Matthew Charnetski.
Emily Hayes taking a pie for a good cause in 2015
There are also many great raffle prizes including jewelry, art, gift certificates, tattoo certificates from Yellowhammer Tattoos, Exploreum passes, and restaurant vouchers from local establishments like Mediterranean Sandwich Company, Haberdasher, Noble South, The Blind Mule, Serda’s, and many more. The proceeds from tickets sales will be donated to the cause, and a full list of the items available is on the Facebook event page linked below:
An example of one of the great Raffle prizes
An impressive number of local and regional businesses are supporting the event. Abita Brewing Company and Gulf Distributing Company provided this year’s banners. Many recognizable LoDa employees and regional celebrities will be present showing their support with attendance and volunteering. Any people still wishing to donate their time or resources can contact: BMM1102@jagmail.southalabama.edu
There will also be a number of artists selling their wares on the street. Some even contributed works to the raffle, or other parts of the carnival. One notable example are the photo booth props donated by Christy Sullivan, which will be helmed once again by Melissa Hall. Guests can stop by for a humorous photo, sure to be a hit on Facebook.
This year’s photo booth designs
Live music for Care Carnival will provided by Sherry Neese and Matthew Neese as well as Lane Fisher and Karlton Turner. Cotton Candy, popcorn, and the Kraken food truck will on site for patrons to enjoy in-between games and dancing. Hayley’s Bar will also be offering drink specials for adults, such as $3 Abita beverages.
Matthew and Sherry Neese performing after 1065
Woody’s Song is a tuition-based day program for elementary age children on the autism spectrum that operates year-round. By increasing skills in the areas of language, socialization, and cognitive skills while decreasing behaviors that interfere with learning, the service helps children with autism learn to take pride in themselves and their work. Brittany Mistich, an employee of Hayley’s Bar, works with the children at Woody’s Song and saw a need to create an event to aid and sustain the program.
Brittany with her son
“There are so many people I want to help, so many ways I want to assist people in need, and many times I feel too small for the world. But this is something I can do. I can offer my time and energy to result in something more positive that I ever anticipated. I feel honored to play a role in my community coming together for such a great cause,” Mistich said.
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Clearly, the Mobile community is inspired by all the selfless effort Mistich has dedicated towards such a positive cause. Area businesses and community leaders are all joining together to make this block party a big success. Now all that remains is for other Mobilians to show their compassion and support by attending Care Carnival 2016. Donating to Woody’s Song will enable children with unique educational needs within the Mobile community to not only gain the resources which improve their chances of success, but foster positive self-worth as well.