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Photos: Family Day a time for fun in Valley East

Valley East CAN hosts third annual Family Fun Day event

This might be the third time Linette Filippini has organized Family Fun Day on behalf of the Valley East Community Action Network, but we bet it won’t be her last.

On Monday, Filippini and her dedicated team of volunteers welcomed more than 500 people to the Centennial Arena for a full day of free, family-centered fun. A giant inflatable obstacle course marked the entrance of the event, which offered a variety of free family entertainment, including ice skating and photo booth.

Three years ago, Filippini decided she had had enough of driving back and forth to events in Sudbury’s downtown core, particularly with her young son who was five at the time. As chair of the Valley East Community Action Network, Filippini proposed Family Fun Day as an opportunity to bring the community together and raise funds for local projects.

Proceeds from this year’s cotton candy sales were dedicated to the Kalmo Beach restoration project, which is raising funds to improve the waterfront with facilities such as a canteen, watersport rental service or play structure.

Since introducing Family Fun Day in 2017, Filippini has noticed an increase in the number of events hosted in her area, particularly on Family Day. Filippini said she hopes her event inspired others to provide quality entertainment to the many young families in Greater Sudbury.