The Hippo


May 29, 2020








Egg hunter at last year’s event. Courtesy photo.

7th Annual Our Promise to Nicholas Easter Egg Hunt

Where: the Sportsplex, 68 Technology Drive, Bedford
When: Saturday, April 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cost: $8 per person or $30 per family

Hundreds of dozens of eggs
Easter egg hunt benefits Our Promise to Nicholas

By Angie Sykeny

If it’s eggs you’re looking for, the 7th Annual Our Promise to Nicholas Easter Egg Hunt has plenty to go around — 6,000, to be exact. It’s happening at the Sportsplex in Bedford on Saturday, April 4, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. 

In addition to a larger-than-life egg hunt, the morning will include activities and entertainment for the whole family.
Enjoy games, face painting, balloons and a bouncy house throughout the morning. Let’s Play & Namaste, a children’s yoga center from Bedford, will be hosting a kids’ yoga activity at 9 a.m., followed by a demonstration by the Bedford Martial Arts Academy at 9:30 and 9:50 a.m. At 10:10 a.m., magician Scott Jameson will perform a family-friendly magic show. 
There will be a designated part of the indoor field for the egg hunt. Hunts will happen in 10-minute intervals, and each family, upon arrival, will be given a ticket with a hunt time. 
“When we have 500 kids [attend], we knew we couldn’t do one big [hunt],” said Suzanne Bergeron, event coordinator. “It’s very controlled, which is nice, especially for the younger ones, so you don’t have to worry about your kid getting trampled.” 
Eggs are not hidden, but rather scattered across the field. Most will contain candy or stickers, but some special eggs can be redeemed for big prizes, such as Easter baskets, New Hampshire Fisher Cats tickets, and gift certificates from local businesses. 
“I’m excited to see the kids’ faces,” said Bergeron. “When they see 6,000 eggs on the field, their faces light up, and they don’t even know where to turn. It’s really cute and fun to watch.”
Also bringing smiles are a princess from Party Palace, Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster, the Granite State Clowns, and, of course, the Easter Bunny. 
The event began as a fundraiser for Nicholas Dainiak, a young Bedford boy diagnosed with a rare and fatal brain disease called Batten Disease. Dainiak died at age 11, just a few weeks after last year’s egg hunt. Our Promise to Nicholas, a foundation in memory of Dainiak that helps promote awareness of and fund research for the disease, is continuing the event as a fundraiser and celebration of Dainiak’s life. 
“The Dainiak family is still focused on finding a cure,” said Bergeron. “In seven years, this small fundraiser with just a couple hundred people has grown into a full-fledged event with corporate sponsors and exhibitors, 1,200 people attending, and $20,000 raised last year.”
Admission is $8 per person or $30 per family, and all activities inside are free. There will also be bake sales, raffles for Easter baskets, and a silent auction. Some items up for bid include Boston Celtics tickets, Manchester Monarchs tickets and Southwest Airlines tickets. Prizes and auction items have been donated by local businesses and sponsors, and there are over 50 volunteers involved with the event in some way, from running ticket sales to watching the bouncy houses. Most volunteers are Bedford High School students, and the McKelvie Intermediate School Community Action Team took on the task of stuffing all the eggs. 
“It really brings everyone together in good spirit to enjoy a fun morning while raising money for a worthy cause,” Bergeron said. “Kids love it, the family will get a lot out of it, and it’s just a fun event.” 
As seen in the April 2, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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