Over 3,000 parents, children and friends crowded the FairOaks Mall on Saturday for Night of a Thousand Jacks. The annual festival serves as a fundraising event for Advocates for Children, a local organization which provides Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to local children who have been removed from their homes due to issues of abuse or neglect.
At the event, attendees played free kids games, took part in the Q-MIX costume contest, met with special guests like Utopia Wildlife and the 501st Legion, had their faces painted, and more.
Guests also toured the display of 15 "Pumpkin Patches," collections of custom Jack-o'-Lanterns carved by teams from local organizations. They voted for their favorites with donations to Advocates to Children. Altogether, this year's event raised close to $18,000 for the agency.
That's money that's being put to good use. This year, Advocates for Children has already served 56% more children than were reached in 2015. Anyone interested in helping reach even farther by becoming a CASA volunteer can sign up online or contact that office at (812) 372-2808.
This year's winners were:
Year's Best Patch
Columbus City Utilities was named the Year's Best Patch, and will be awarded the Grand Prize of $500, provided by Hilliard Lyons.
Adult & Child Health came out on top of the new non-profit agency competition. They receive a grant of $500 from The Heritage Fund, the Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.
The Runner-Up in this year's event was SIHO Insurance Services. Their team will receive an award basket filled with Halloween goodies.