Big event for kids goes smoothly in Bancroft Park

       An estimated 1,100 children - more than 2,000 people in all - participated in the “Peak Street” carnival and Keeping Kids Connected Holiday Benefit Oct. 30 in Bancroft Park.
       Cindy Weller, promotions director of the 95.1 The Peak radio station, said the event had no problems, despite the constant and ever-changing crowds during the four-hour event.
       She added that a simultaneous live auction raised about $1,000 for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Colorado Springs, a non-profit organization whose
       volunteers represent abused and neglected children in the local court system.
       The radio's pre-event promotion had promised gift bags to the first 1,000 children, and the station lived up to its word, Weller said, running out of the bags about 20 minutes before the 3 p.m. end of the four-hour carnival.
       Three local businesses - Everybody Loves Dinosaurs, Goodwill Industries and Colorado Caricatures - were among dozens of entities who donated time to the event. Old Colorado City merchants were also tied in with the promotion through a “treasure hunt” in which hundreds of adults and children left the park for a while and looked for secret items in various shops.
       An informal survey showed that about a quarter of the attendees live on the Westside, with the remainder from other parts of the city and even as far away as Castle Rock and Denver, Weller said.
       Despite the event's success, the radio station is not sure if it will bring the annual event back to Bancroft next year. Weller said the station is looking at making Peak Street even bigger in 2005, and the park might not be big enough to handle that many people. Also, the station likes the idea of moving the event around town, she added.

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