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Chiefs Mascot Scooch Joins Family Fun Day Lineup

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (Feb. 24, 2015) — Scooch, the Syracuse Chiefs baseball team’s lovable mascot, has been added to the lineup for the American Red Cross of Central New York’s “Family Fun Day” from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Red Cross office at 344 W. Genesee St. in downtown Syracuse.

Family Fun Day is for family members of all ages to learn how to be prepared for an emergency or natural disaster through age-appropriate activities, games and trivia. Scooch will be available for photos and autographs from 2 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and free off-street parking is available in the visitor and Red Cross parking lots.

“Having Scooch at Family Fun Day reminds us that baseball season – and spring – are just around the corner,” said Rosie Taravella, Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Western & Central New York Region. “Unfortunately, disasters and emergencies have no season, and we hope families will come out Saturday so they can learn how to always be safe at home.”

Family Fun Day will have activities for all members of the family:

Adults and older children can receive “Be Red Cross Ready” disaster preparedness education from a trained Red Cross instructor. Through entertaining trivia games, participants will learn three important steps – Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed – that will get them ready for natural or man-made disasters from home fires to major snowstorms. There will be two training sessions for adults and older children starting at approximately 2:15 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Children ages 8 through 11 can participate in the “Pillowcase Project,” a preparedness education program that provides information about personal and family preparedness, local hazards, and basic coping skills in emergency situations. Sponsored by Disney, the Pillowcase Project teaches children how to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase that they can decorate and personalize (pillowcases will be provided at the event).

Younger children will enjoy games and coloring. All children will receive a free “3DayOK” coloring book that reinforces the message that we need to have enough supplies available to shelter at home for up to three days following a large-scale emergency. Learn more about the 3DayOK initiative at

American Red Cross Family Fun Day,  2-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28  
344 W. Genesee St., Syracuse