Shamrock Pop is a unique Westfield Welcome fundraiser for St. Patrick’s Day.
Paper shamrocks are available for $5 each at westfieldwelcome.com. The buyer’s name will be placed on the shamrocks, which will be stuffed into a gigantic balloon that Westfield Welcome’s lucky leprechaun will pop at 6 p.m. March 17 at Westfield High School. The shamrocks will be caught by five different catchers. Four pots of gold will have similar monetary value while a fifth is the grand prize with double the prizes.
Proceeds benefit a free series called “Diving into our Brain and Body Well-Being,” created to support the mental health of Westfield parents, school staff and community. The presentations are set for April 25 and May 2 on livestream.
“The idea was mine,” said Kelley Wells, community events coordinator for the City of Westfield. “Although I will give credit to my husband, Mark, for helping me develop some of the details. I’ve been wanting to come up with a St. Patrick’s Day event for the past few years and we finally landed on an idea that is not only fun to participate in, but it also benefits local businesses and our community.
“I ran the idea by the rest of my team, and we got started on the planning right away.”
The shamrock catchers are Westfield Mayor Andy Cook; Westfield Welcome Director Angie Frazier; Westfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Steve Latour; Westfield City Council member Jake Gilbert; and Ashley Knott, Westfield Washington Schools coordinator of family and community engagement.
Prizes include gift cards for several restaurants and businesses, free rounds of golf and a free night at Cambia Suites.
The two-part mental health series is taught by Lori Desautels, a Butler University assistant professor.
Wells said the series is designed for attendees to gain a deeper understanding of how the COVID-19 pandemic and all adversities impact their brains and bodies along with the resiliency they inhabit to move through challenging times and experiences. Attendees also will learn practices and strategies to calm their nervous systems in order to parent, teach and model the practices for their children and youth to integrate into their own lives.