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Spring Fling draws record attendance

A Griffin hands out candy as Schriever children enter the fitness center for the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The Griffin was just one of the characters on hand for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

A Griffin hands out candy as Schriever children enter the fitness center for the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The Griffin was just one of the characters on hand for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

A miniature pony gets some attention in the petting zoo during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. In addition to the petting zoo, the event included games and prizes, bounce houses and a complimentary lunch, all paid for through the commercial sponsorship program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

A miniature pony gets some attention in the petting zoo during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. In addition to the petting zoo, the event included games and prizes, bounce houses and a complimentary lunch, all paid for through the commercial sponsorship program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Schriever members view the animals in the petting zoo during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The 50th Force Support Squadron hosted the event, which included bounce houses, games and prizes, a cast of fairy tale characters and complimentary lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Team Schriever members view the animals in the petting zoo during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The 50th Force Support Squadron hosted the event, which included bounce houses, games and prizes, a cast of fairy tale characters and complimentary lunch. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Characters from Cinderella pose for a photo with Team Schriever members during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, in the fitness center gym at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The 50th Force Support Squadron hosted the event, which drew a record 1,750 people, for children and family members of Schriever personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Characters from Cinderella pose for a photo with Team Schriever members during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, in the fitness center gym at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The 50th Force Support Squadron hosted the event, which drew a record 1,750 people, for children and family members of Schriever personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Patrons visit the 50th Force Support Squadron’s castle during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, in the fitness center gym at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Attendees were encouraged to dress as their favorite fairy tale character to compliment the “Once upon a time” theme for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Patrons visit the 50th Force Support Squadron’s castle during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, in the fitness center gym at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Attendees were encouraged to dress as their favorite fairy tale character to compliment the “Once upon a time” theme for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Cinderella, Prince Charming and Anna (of Arendale) greet Team Schriever members as they enter “The Emerald City,” a.k.a. the Schriever Fitness Center during Spring Fling March 28, 2015 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The 50th Force Support Squadron hosted the event, which drew a record 1,750 people, for children and family members of Schriever personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Cinderella, Prince Charming and Anna (of Arendale) greet Team Schriever members as they enter “The Emerald City,” a.k.a. the Schriever Fitness Center during Spring Fling March 28, 2015 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. The 50th Force Support Squadron hosted the event, which drew a record 1,750 people, for children and family members of Schriever personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Volunteers help a Team Schriever member choose a prize at one of the game booths during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Prizes, and the entire event itself, were paid for through the Air Force Commercial Sponsorship program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Volunteers help a Team Schriever member choose a prize at one of the game booths during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Prizes, and the entire event itself, were paid for through the Air Force Commercial Sponsorship program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Children play on one of the bounce houses during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Warm temperatures and abundant sunshine helped bring in a record 1,750 attendees to the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

Children play on one of the bounce houses during the 14th annual Spring Fling March 28, 2015, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. Warm temperatures and abundant sunshine helped bring in a record 1,750 attendees to the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Brian Hagberg)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 14th annual Spring Fling, held March 28 at the Schriever Fitness Center, drew a record 1,750 attendees to the event.

The 50th Force Support Squadron hosted the event for children and family members of Schriever personnel.

"Spring Fling is just one opportunity to give back to the community," said Mary Barkley, 50 FSS flight chief. "We know the Schriever community supports 50 FSS programs throughout the year, and holding events such as Spring Fling is just one way to give back."

Barkley said this year's Spring Fling marked the most highly attended Spring Fling in the event's history. Abundant sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s certainly helped drive attendance.

"The weather fully cooperated and we had record participation," Barkley said.

The festivities included a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, balloon art, games and a complimentary lunch. Hairy the Bunny and his fairytale friends, Cinderella and Prince Charming and a host of other fairy tale characters were in attendance for photos and visits with families.

The whole event, including games and prizes, was paid for by outside community partners through the Air Force Commercial Sponsorship Program.

According to Darcie Ibidapo, 50 FSS Advertising and Commercial Sponsorship manager, Schriever is one of the fortunate bases when it comes to commercial sponsorship, in that events are fully funded through sponsorship.

"Without the support of our sponsors, events like the Spring Fling would be much smaller," Ibidapo said. "While commercial sponsorship funds are used to off-set budgeted expenses for morale, welfare and recreation programs, Schriever is fortunate enough to receive such tremendous support that our events are 100 percent funded through the program."

According to the 50 FSS website, 50 FSS "partners with local businesses to enhance special events and leisure time activities for our population...these activities not only promote fitness and esprit de corps, but also improve the quality of life for our community."

"Our sponsors make it possible to hold events like Spring Fling at no cost [to members] and give many opportunities to win prizes," Barkley said.

Ibidapo said the level of sponsorship the installation receives shows how supportive the local community is of Schriever.

"We are truly grateful for our sponsors and the support the Colorado Springs community provides to our base," Ibidapo said. "With their continued support, our events will continue to exceed all expectations."

In addition to the financial sponsors, volunteers play a critical role in the success of Spring Fling. Volunteers help with the set up and tear down of the event, as well as, manning information and game booths, serving lunch and generally helping the event run smoothly.

"We wouldn't be able to sponsor a major community event such as Spring Fling without our hardworking volunteers," Barkley said.

Spring Fling is one of four annual community events hosted by 50 FSS. The next 50 FSS event is the Summer Slam base picnic scheduled for July 17.
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