Western Michigan University’s Alpha Omicron Pi Kappa Rho hosted their first Strike Out Arthritis carnival at the Student Recreation Center on Sept. 28. The event was funded by the Student Assessment Fee, which offers proceeds to support student media and events at WMU. All proceeds went to benefit the Arthritis Foundation of Michigan.
The carnival included an informational booth educating people on the pain and burdens related to arthritis as well as information on how to help. The Arthritis Foundation of Michigan works to improve the lives of those affected with the disease through advocacy, research, programs, and services.
Amanda Klage, a senior at WMU majoring in Human Resources and a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, was happy to be a part of the event. “We had a great turnout and everyone seems to have enjoyed themselves,” said Klage.
The event was held like a true carnival and gave attendees an excuse to be silly and have fun. DJ AnderFUN entertained the crowd with hit songs that had people dancing and singing.
Jenna Huffman, an organizational communications senior and philanthropy chair of Alpha Omicron Pi, put together the event. “The inflatable bounce house obstacle course and the face painting booth were the most popular,” said Huffman. Several students had WMU painted on their faces or arms in support of WMU’s football team.
In addition to the obstacle course and face painting booth the carnival included a bean bag toss, bobbing for apples, a balloon dart board, and a haystack game where participants dug through hay for prizes. There were also three arcade game systems for attendees to play, which were donated to use at the event.
The carnival had a great turnout and will most likely return next year for the Second annual Strike at Arthritis Carnival.