By: Jazmyne Walker
WCW Staff Writer
To kick off the weekend before Halloween, Harmony Health Plan held their free Fall Fun Festival Saturday, Oct. 26 at LaFollette Park Auditorium, 1333 N. Laramie. The festival was open to the community and not only had fun activities for children but also provided information of programs and benefits offered by Harmony.
The auditorium was heated to a comfortable temperature amid the start of the cold fall season as children played games, participated in arts and crafts projects and ate the free pizza given by Harmony associates.
Decorated with fall and Halloween colors of orange, black and brown all throughout the hall, community residents seemed to be enjoying the event.
“Everything is free for the community they don’t have to be a Harmony Health Plan member to participate.
There is no obligation for them to enroll into our plan. We’re just kind of giving back to the community that we serve every day because we do market in these areas on a day-to-day basis. This is just something we’re looking to do in different geographic areas throughout the city.” said Torres.
All dressed in red and white the Jesse White Tumblers came with tricks and flips to top off the event. With everyone’s undivided attention, children “ooed” and “awed” at the extremity of the tumblers. With a bright red trampoline the tumblers spun in circles almost 20 feet in the air. They leaped over human pyramids and giant signs and all coming to a safe and firm landing.
“We have two magic shows and two raffle drawings where we’re giving away $5 McDonald’s gift cards and Wal-Mart Gift Cards to the winners. We have face painters here as well and we have different arts and crafts stations throughout the venue,” said Torres.
The children got their face painted and patiently stood in line for a clown to make them a wacky balloon figure. An area decorated with a scarecrow, tall cornfield-like grass and balloons where guests could take photos with their friends and family members.
At the entrance sat three tables that provided pamphlets and brochures on healthcare. A section called Harmony Hugs gave information on breast cancer and breast cancer prevention.
“We’re doing a fall fun festival for the community that we serve. Harmony Health plan is a managed care organization where licensed HMOs in the state of Illinois. We work within the cook county area serving families that receive Medicaid and we provide them additional benefits and services if they qualify for our plan,” said Torres.
Harmony Health Plan is a Managed Care Organization that is an HMO and has been in Illinois for over 14 years. Harmony now has over 145,000 members, a network of 55 hospitals, more than 895 primary care doctors, and over 4,300 specialists.