As the holidays concede to memory and the New Year, 2012, begins, we are left with many good memories from the past holiday season. One such memory took place early in the season. The enveloping joy still posses the hearts of all who attended the OUCARES annual Christmas party.
On December 3rd when holiday shopping was a concern, OUCARES hosted their fourth annual holiday party. People crowded the dance floor expressing their emotions to a mix of Christmas music, classic rock, and “The Cha Cha Slide.” Glee was evident on all faces. There were board games spread throughout the many circular tables. A long line winded through the room following the announcement of pizza.
The dance floor was set up off to the side of the tables. On the other side of the room, closest to the door, a sumo wrestling mat was set up. Volunteers from the Oakland University Baseball team were spread around the room, as were other volunteers. Some sought required volunteer service for academic requirements. Others were looking for an experience they would remember for a long time. None were disappointed.
Right next to the twinkling Christmas tree in the corner was artist and business owner, Eric Ryan from Ryan Design LLC, waiting to sketch eager faces. I had my face sketched, and I have to say that he did an impressive job.
For more information about OUCARES and the holiday party, visit the OUCARES website at http://www.oakland.edu/oucares/.