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‘A day to celebrate life’: thousands participate in Rec Park Easter egg hunt in honor of Harper Stantz

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The sun was shining Saturday as thousands of community members came to Rec Park in Binghamton to celebrate more than just Easter.

This year’s Children’s Charity of Greater Binghamton Easter Egg Hunt was the largest in the event’s history, as 30,000 eggs were scattered across the park. It was also held in memory of Harper Stantz, the Binghamton teen who was tragically killed after being struck by a car back in March.

However, the Stantz family and event organizers were determined to ensure Saturday was a happy day.

“It’s a celebration. This year had so much more meaning to celebrate and dedicate this to Harper, because she was a fun-loving kid and there’s a lot of kids who had fun here today,” said Sue Bucci, the co-founder of the charity as well as a longtime family-friend of the Stantz’s.

In addition to the egg hunt, which more than 2,000 children participated in, the day’s activities also included Rec Park’s carousel, music and lots of free food.

The Stantz family, as well as volunteers and Harper’s friends, stuffed all of the Easter eggs this year. Harper’s dad said the weather was beautiful because his daughter was looking down on everyone.

“Make sure to have fun, and as Harper would say, ‘I’m here for a good time, not a long time’. So have fun, happy Easter, and carpe diem! God bless,” Marty Stantz said to the crowd of more than 4,000.

Organizers said they were already looking forward to next year and that they would try to break the record-number of eggs, once again.

Josh Rosenblatt

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