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Easter Bunny 'hops' over to Everson VFW

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Tyler and Zac Olack, sons of Mr. & Mrs. Dan Olack of Normalville, take their turn to sit on Mrs. Easter Bunny's lap.
Bob the Bunny will be returning to the event again this year. The Animal House Pet Store in Connellsville donates him for the day so the kids can pet and hold a live rabbit.

The Third Annual “Bunny Hop,” which was started as a fundraiser for leukemia research by family and friends of Jennifer Olack is scheduled for 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at the Everson VFW.

Olack said the Bunny Hop was started because someone close to their family had received a leukemia diagnosis.

The family has participated in the Light the Night walk for the past two years and last year, with the help of proceeds from the Bunny Hop event as well as a golf outing, they were able to raise $5,000.

There were about 150 children who made their way to the Everson VFW last year to participate in the Easter event.

The afternoon includes crafts, a Chinese auction, food, carnival games, a chance to pet Bob the Bunny and a chance to get pictures with the Easter Bunny.

“New this year we will be adding the game Plinko and we'll have a great selection of Chinese auction items,” said Olack. “We have the Chinese auction items displayed in Fox's Pizza Den's window.”

Some of the items in the auction are tickets to the Pittsburgh Zoo, tickets to the Children's Museum and local businesses donations from places like Fox's Pizza, Courtyard Catering, Stepping Stone, Collections By Marty, Curry Construction and Ritenour Electric.

All of the Chinese auction items are child-friendly.

The names of the winners for the different auctions will be drawn at 1:45 p.m., but winners do not need to be present to win the auction items.

Tickets to the event are $5 and are available in advance at Fox's Pizza Den in Scottdale. The advance purchased tickets include lunch with the Easter bunny, as well as a picture with the Easter Bunny.

Tickets purchased at the door also will be $5, but will only cover the cost of lunch with the Easter Bunny. The cost of a picture with the Easter Bunny will be additional.

There will be a concession stand available for everyone else.

The group is hoping to raise $6,000 for the Light the Night event this year.

Its Second Annual golf outing, “Tee off Fore Leukemia,” will be held June 22 at Timber Ridge Golf Course.

The actual “Light the Night Walk” is on Sept. 21 at Uniontown High School.

Anyone is interested in participating can go to the Light the Night Walk website.

“It is a great experience,” Olack said.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.