South Central ECIP hosts annual Halloween Bash
The South-Central Early Childhood Intervention Program (ECIP) will be hosting its 7th annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, October 27.
The popular, highly anticipated SPOOKTACULAR event will be held at the Masonic Temple at 1755 Main St. N. Moose Jaw. The Halloween Bash is an ADULTS ONLY event which sees ECIP fundraising to support its programing for children and families they work with. Doors to this event will open at 8pm. Executive Director at South Central ECIP, Nancy Rosnes says their programing reaches a large geographic and there is a need to fundraise to acquire some resources needed to carry out their programing. “The ECIP are a network of programs across Saskatchewan. There are four different programs across the province and we work with children from birth to school age—about 0-6; children that have a delay in development, whereas they’ve not quiet reached their developmental milestones or they have a diagnosed delay or a risk for delay,” Rosnes explained. “We go into the homes and we work with the family and child to reach their goals. We work with a wide range of children from really mild delays to children that have multiple delays; cognitive, physical and medically fragile.”
Rosnes says while ECIP programs are funded through the government to cover operational costs, they have to fundraise throughout the year for resources needed for programming. Some of these resources include equipment, educational toys and resource materials used in the programming and service it provides to families. “All the ECIP programs are non-profit organizations. We receive our funding from the government through the Minister of Education. However, the grant that we receive covers operational expenses such as rent, bills and staff wages. Anything else that we require for the program, for exam- ple, we work with a lot of toys resources specialized therapy products, we have to fundraise for all those kinds of resources. We have a work vehicle to get back and forth because we serve a lot of the rural areas—south central, where we use some of our grant money to also support. We have a second vehicle where we have to fundraise to cover the expenses that this requires. So, we do a lot of fundraising, not only for the program for the resources we need but also to get our name out there to let people know about ECIP in the area, what we do and that we’re here to help.”
As a result, ECIP is staging its annual Halloween Bash and are looking to raise $5000. Rosnes says local businesses can also join in to sponsor the event or donate door prizes. “One of our biggest fundraisers that we do every year is our Halloween Bash. This is our 7th annual staging which is an ADULTS ONLY party. We have a theme every year where we transform the inside of the space we rent into that year’s theme. This year’s theme is “CarnEViL”. We invite people to dress up and come out to have a great time!”
The Halloween Bash will feature a midnight lunch, DJ, door and costume prizes, dancing and a draw for a progressive 50/50 raffle. Tickets are $25 in advance and can be purchased by calling the ECIP office at 306-692-2616 or Nancy at 306-630-5892. Tickets will be $30 at the door. You can also keep an eye on ECIP’s Facebook page for exciting news about the Halloween Bash. For more information on ECIP or the Halloween Bash, you can also call 306-692-2616.
For the past 35 years, South Central ECIP has helped hundreds of children with special needs reach their developmental milestones and individual goals as well as provide support with transitions into school, referrals to other agencies and more. It provides family focused, home based services to families in Moose Jaw.