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On August 23, for the fifth year in a row, the Bain Capital Information Technology team participated in a day of service at the Italian Home for Children during their SunSplash Event alongside volunteers from Faulkner Hospital. On a beautiful summer day, more than 70 Bain Capital team members donated their time to provide the children, teachers, and families with a spectacular day of fun in the sun.
The kids arrived at noon to a traditional cookout of hamburgers and hot dogs cooking on a row of outdoor grills. After a delicious lunch, they went running straight to the popcorn and candy tables. Other stations included a giant slide, dunk tank, tattoo station, face painting, obstacle course, and an assortment of carnival games. The kids spent the afternoon running around to each game and dancing to tunes from a local DJ. This year's favorite was the dunk tank, they loved trying to dunk their teachers and peers.
The IT team also participated in a raffle that helped raised $2,000 for the children to be able to enjoy a field trip to Six Flags later this year.
When the day ended, all the children left with full tummies and smiling faces. It is a uniquely rewarding experience for the volunteers to see the kids laugh and have fun despite sometimes tremendously difficult personal circumstances. The event gave the IT volunteers the opportunity to help a neighbor, have fun, and strengthen their team spirit.
Italian Home for Children is a residential and day treatment facility for emotionally and behaviorally challenged children and was selected for the service day because of the great work they do enriching the lives of children and families in the community.