Children’s at Legacy Celebrates with Anniversary Carnival

Children's at Legacy 5 year event

The Children’s at Legacy Five-Year Anniversary Carnival was an all-around family event held at the Legacy campus for employees, volunteers and their families.

Legacy 5 year anniversary event

Millie Wyatt, 5, and her sister Mallory, 2, show off their painted faces and chocolate-covered apples at the Legacy Five Year Anniversary Carnival.

Kristie Obiri-Gyan, who works in Respiratory Care and has worked at Children’s for 12 years, appreciated being able to invite her family to celebrate a workplace milestone.

“Children’s always makes me feel like family, and I’m glad I get to share this with my own family,” she says.

Self-proclaimed “Wednesday Guy” volunteer John Boutell looks forward to his weekly volunteer sessions. “I’d volunteer more if I could. I love this place.”

Mitchell Stow, 21, has volunteered at the Plano location for two years and says no matter the assignment, whether in the reading room or anyplace else he’s needed, “I enjoy it all.”

“I was a patient at Children’s in Dallas, so this is my way of giving back.”

Celebration Prep

The Children’s Fun Committee organized the celebration, arranging entertainment from the Aggie Wranglers dance group to the School of Rock, along with bouncy houses and midway-style games.

The food was all prepared by Children’s Dining Services at Legacy. Three months ago, the team began planning menus, calculating recipes and budgets, and trying to decide just how many cupcakes would be enough.

They decided on 350 cupcakes, 250 candied apples, 250 funnel cakes and enough hot dogs to keep a line stretched across the building for a couple of hours.

Norma Castillo, Children’s at Legacy cook, says the long hours of prep time were well worth the effort. “It’s fun seeing all the kids enjoy the food,” she says. “I love that.”

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