On Friday from 3:30-6:30 p.m., Freeman Neosho Hospital will host an event located on the south lawn by Clark Funeral Home, with the proceeds going to the United Fund.

"We are going to be hosting a family fun night and decorated pumpkin raffle," said Renee Denton, Freeman Neosho Hospital administrative services director. "All of the proceeds will be donated to the United Fund."

In the past, the hospital has hosted various fundraisers, but they were only open to the staff. This upcoming event will be something new.

"We have a very dedicated group of staff who are very willing to assist and do whatever they need to do to help raise funds for the worthy cause, the United Fund," she said. "We have about 12 different departments who have decorated pumpkins for our raffle, and we have 15 different departments who are coming together to provide school carnival-type activities the night of this event, so that our community can come and just have a fun night with family, to do activities for a good cause."

There will be tickets sold that can be used at each of the activities, or for food if they would prefer.

"They are going to be 25-cents apiece," Denton said. "And then each activity will require a different number of tickets. We are having the decorated pumpkin raffle, those tickets will be 50 cents each or 5 for $2, and we will be having that drawing at 6 p.m. Friday. None of the pumpkins are penetrated in any way so they should last a very long time and the winners will be able to take that pumpkin home with them that evening."

On the activities, Denton said, "we are going to have a potato sack race, a cupcake walk, a bean bag toss, a small bouncy house, it is really going to be school carnival type of activities."

As far as how many people they anticipate, Denton said they have prepared for approximately 200 participants.

"Each activity will have a small prize that the children will be awarded if they should win that area," she noted.

This is not the only fundraiser that Freeman Neosho Hospital does for United Fund. In years past, they also do a chili and soup cook-offs.

"Quarterly, we have a Jeans Day, where our staff is able to wear Freeman logo T-shirts and jeans to work in exchange for a donation toward United Fund," said Denton.

For more information, call 455-4352.