POCATELLO, ID – Nothing says summer like unlimited swimming and water sliding and a barbecue dinner. There’s all that and more at the Fourth Annual Splish and Splash, a fundraiser for Aid For Friends happening August 12.
The Ross Park Aquatic Complex will host the event from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for a single and $30 for a family of four. Admission includes barbecue, music by disk jockey Sean Green and exclusive use of the pools and slide. There will be raffle drawings throughout the evening. Among the raffle items are custom skateboards designed and built by Kim Ward, more than 10 specialty-themed baskets, passes to the Hogle Zoo and Downata Hot Springs, one weeknight stay at the Black Swan Inn and more.
BJ Stensland, Aid For Friends executive director, is excited for the event. “Splish and Splash is Aid For Friends’ fun way to raise money,” she said. “It’s designed for people of all ages and is family-friendly. I enjoy the amusement found in playing with beach balls. Everyone gets involved with beach balls.”
Aid For Friends was originally a homeless shelter that provided lodging and some meals, but has evolved into a multi-faceted resource center serving many. The agency was born during the savage Pocatello winter of 1983-84 when one young man froze to death while trying to find shelter in a dumpster and another had a foot amputated because no shelter services operated here.
“Without Aid For Friends at least 30 to 50 people would be sleeping out in the cold every night,” says Stensland. “Aid For Friends addresses the needs of homeless families and individuals with a warm shelter and vital supportive services.”
Those services illustrate how AFF has evolved. It provides emergency shelter, connects case management to clients with resources to secure employment and medical services, manages transitional housing and offers homeless prevention and rapid re-housing assistance.
Major sponsors of Splish and Splash include Modern Woodmen of America, which is providing the barbecue dinner, Idaho National Laboratory and Portneuf Medical Center. Other sponsors include Steel West, Phil Meador Subaru, Farm Bureau, Bank of Idaho, Outer Limits, Carpets Plus, Gate City Grays, Platinum Plumbing and Captain Bengal’s Comic Cove.
Tickets are available online at www.aidforfriendspocatello.com, at the Aid for Friends office, 210 East Center, Suite A, or at the event.
For additional information, contact BJ Stensland at 208-232-0178.