On Saturday, October 12, associates from ELGA Credit Union participated in the 24th Annual Fantasy Forest at Lapeer’s Rowden Park. The treat path is presented by LaSociete De Femmes, Voiture 1536 40 & 8 of Lapeer County. This is an Honor Society of American Veteran service clubs created in 1920. The name was created when US soldiers in France were transported in narrow railroad boxcars, holding 40 men and 8 horses.  Funds obtained from Fantasy Forest sponsorships and admissions go to several Lapeer County service projects for children and veterans.

Fantasy Forest holds a special place in my heart as I have participated in the event with my girls since they were babies in strollers! I am very proud to represent ELGA to honor and raise funds for our veterans’ causes such as child welfare, nurses in training, The Child Advocacy Center of Lapeer, Stone Soup Food Pantry, and Lapeer County Young Marines.  The Lapeer ELGA Branch promotes through advance ticket sales, a treat booth, and activity book sponsorship ad.

A Mile of Smiles

ELGA associates from multiple departments assisted in decorating and cleaning up the beautiful park. Local businesses decorate booths along the mile-long path that twists around the woods and a small lake. Children can play games, write messages walking path with chalk, and of course get candy! Our favorite part is seeing the amazing costumes while handing out our treats and information on ELGA Credit Union’s Youth Accounts.  

There were several families in group costumes. The Incredible Family of 5 from Disney’s “The Incredibles” was my personal favorite. There was also a group of young teens dressed as the entire SpongeBob Crew.  I was delighted that the “teens” are still cool enough to enjoy a family-friendly event.   We chose Schoolhouse Rock as our booth theme this year and encouraged sing-alongs from parents and children to keep everyone moving on the brisk day.

The ELGA pencil is nearing collector item status after several years of attendance! I am so proud to be recognized at the event and hope the families continue to participate in the years to come. 

Author: Shelly Marino

Loan Officer

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