The Canfield High School National Honor Society will host a charity event to help special needs individuals from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Canfield Presbyterian Church on West Main Street.
High school seniors Arjun Subramanyam and Tom Warg organized the event as part of their National Honor Society community involvement. The event will focus on three primary goals according to Subramanyam.
''It will raise funds for the Golden String Radio branch of the Purple Cat Organization to help further their programs for individuals with special needs,'' said Subramanyam. ''All revenues from the event will be donated to this organization. It will also provide a fun and engaging afternoon for special needs individuals and members of the public, and will promote a greater acceptance and understanding of the special needs community amongst members of the general public.''
In order to fully accomplish all of these goals, the students decided to center the event around the game of Bingo and a variety of other easy-to-play but enjoyable games. The games will begin before 2 p.m. with approximately 40 special needs individuals attending. At 2 p.m., the doors will open to the general public.
Subramanyam said they planned it with no general admission fee, but are raising funds through charging minimal fees for bingo cards and refreshments. Other venues like face painting would have a small fee of 50-cents.
Entertainment will be provided with music on the Golden String Radio Station.
''This subsidiary branch of the Purple Cat is a musical radio station run specifically by adults with special needs,'' Subramanyam said. ''Its programs provide a way for special needs adults to practice/further their communication skills and engage with the public.''
The students said they hope this National Honor Society event will bring more awareness of individuals with special needs.
''This upcoming Saturday is poised to be a truly wonderful afternoon,'' Subramanyam said.