Children get their faces painted and work on arts and crafts at the annual AutumnFest hosted by the Hope Club. This event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29, and is free to the public.
continued There are several college groups that donate their time and volunteer during the event. One of the groups is Albany College of Pharmacy Students Against Cancer. Brittany Fitzpatrick, a fifth-year student at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Science, said she is a huge fan of the Hope Club and loves to get involved in the event each year.
“AutumnFest is a really fun event,” she said. “They have tons of different vendors, foods, activities and pictures.”
Fitzpatrick is the survivorship chair of the group, and her role is to promote survivorship and care in the community. The group has held its own events such as a bake sale where money was raised for victims of breast cancer.
Autumnfest is something that the group looks forward to every year, Fitzpatrick said, as she said an overwhelming number of students volunteered to help out at this year’s event, not only to be there but also to decorate beforehand.
“We usually get a decent number for the event itself,” Fitzpatrick said. “The week before, we’ll take as many people that are interested. I would say maybe around 20 people volunteered to decorate.”
Streifert is excited for this year’s event and can’t wait to see the excited expressions on the faces of many of the children as they go through the haunted house and gaze at the various decorations.
“There’s great energy with the kids running around and smiling,” Streifert said. “The parents and grandparents get to see their kids so happy. It is really quite magical. There is nothing like it.”
The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29 and will be at the Hope Club on 1 Penny Lane in Latham. The event is free to all.