Family Day 2019

Ever wondered what fun it is to be apart of the Lane & Associates family? Well here’s an inside scoop at our Annual Family Day which typically happens every Fall or Winter for the entire company. As part of the marketing department, I have a behind-the-scenes look at just how much work, planning, and creativity goes into each Family Day celebration. 

Employees at Lane Family Day

What is “Family Day”?

Well, I’m glad you asked! Each year Lane & Associates and NCOSO’s Corporate team get together to plan an extravagant Employee Appreciation day for our employees and their families. We give away prizes ranging from Amazon Gift cards to Free Vacation Days to Trips to destinations like Italy! There is also a Cash Jar for employees and their family members to write their name on a dollar bill (or multiple bills) and whoever’s bill is picked from the jar wins the entire pot. 


We truly believe the spirit surrounding Family Day is to bring everyone in the company together for fun and fellowship – games, food, prizes, our Doctor Bake-off, kids prizes, and tons of entertainment. It’s an event you wouldn’t want to miss! 


This year our company Family Day was held outdoors on November 9th, a beautiful sunny Saturday at Phillips Farms in Cary. This is no ordinary farm though. Phillips Farms is filled to the brim with activities for the entire family and they have a knack for repurposing farming equipment into games that is one for the ages. Take a look at this musical instrument station that used to be farm tools and this seesaw made of John Deere parts. 

farming equipment seesaws
Phillips Farms Tractor slide and Seesaw
Farm equipment repurposed into instruments
Phillips Farm equipment repurposed as Instruments

About Phillips Farms

This Cary farm also offers different produce and adventures throughout the seasons. For example, this winter they will be selling Christmas Trees at the farm. They also offer Strawberry Picking in the summer and an adorable Pumpkin patch in the Fall. On top of that, this is a family-owned and operated farm. As sponsors of their Family Fun park, Lane & Associates is happy to collaborate and support another fantastic local business. 

Phillips Farm Cary face in hole sign

Our 2019 Family Day Theme

Now back to Family Day. This year we decided our theme would be geared more towards Fall and Thanksgiving due to the timing of the event and our marketing team came up with the idea to give each employee (and their family members) a Hoodie with our family day logo! Check out this family sporting their matching hoodies while feeding the fish at the pond.

Family wearing matching hoodies by lake
Family wearing matching Family Day hoodies
face painted girls at Family Day
Facepainting at Family Day

Activities at Family Day 2019

After all 400+ employees and their families checked in, there were activities like the Corn Maze, human foosball, a haunted house (for the brave ones out there), Wagon ride, Cow Train, Pumpkin slingshot, Candy Cannon and more! Some of the little ones loved wading through the corn kernels and pretending it was a ball pit while also getting photos with characters that we brought in. Here’s a photo of one lucky little man with Peppa Pig! We also had Spider-Man sliding down the slides, some Minions up to no good, and Ninja Turtles roaming around near the pizza truck. 

Family day jumping pillow

For the rest of us kids (and let’s face it, we’re all kids at heart) there were activities like the inflatable jumping pillows, race cars, a photo booth, feeding the goats, carnival games, and even the Pumpkin slingshot. Not gonna lie, the pumpkin slingshot was a favorite of mine. I didn’t go through the haunted clown house but I heard it was creepy and thrilling for those who dared to enter. 

Clown house at Family Day
The Clown House at Family Day called “Big Top Terror”
Knightdale Dental office making funny faces
Our Knightdale office getting their photo at our Photobooth!

Now onto the good stuff…Food!

That’s right. The food at Family Day 2019 consisted of 7 amazing food trucks from around the area. We had BBQ, sweet potato fries, tacos, arepas, dumplings, hotdogs, pizza…you name it! The farm also had its Ice Cream station for each attendee and a Kettlecorn station for every family to get a bag full of delicious popcorn. Yum! 

Speaking of yum, our Doctors had a pretty sweet competition going on during the event as well. We had 13 doctors enter our Doctor Bake-Off for a chance at winning one of three cash prizes. Random employees were picked to be our Bake-off Judges and given two pennies to place in jars next to their top two choices. Our winners were…

Each doctor received a cash prize and a custom wooden spoon with their prize place listed. Check out those winning smiles! 

2019 Doctor Bake off Winners
Our 2019 Family Day Doctor Bake-off Winners

Our doctors were kind enough to share their recipes with us below but, of course, they kept a few winning secrets to themselves. Click on the photos to see an enlarged recipe. Thank you to all of our doctors who participated this year! 

1st place winner Dr. Hamad's tooth shaped dessert

Prizes at Family Day

You saw me mention a few prizes earlier but I wanted to highlight the other amazing prizes for this year’s drawings. We had gift card drawings for restaurants, Starbucks, Target, TJMaxx, Home Depot, Spa Finder, Kohls, and many many more. There were also themed gift baskets like our Date Night basket, Girls Night Out basket, and even a Spa Gift Basket. The gift card tree is shown below and our Spa basket winner took a shot of her goodies for us as well!

We gave away a ton of incredible electronic gifts like iPads, Airpods, and even some amazing kitchen gadgets like Ninja Food processors and KitchenAid Blenders. The final prizes were our Grand Prize giveaways in which two lucky winners received trips: one prize was a Trip for 4 on a Carribean Cruise & the other was a Trip for 2 to Rome!

We are Family

Talk about a lucky group of employees. I feel very privileged to be involved with a company like Lane & Associates Family Dentistry that truly gives back to not only the community but also to their employees. Being a part of this company is like no other & I know I’m not alone in saying.. Thank you Dr. & Mrs. Lane for starting and building this company from the ground up. We are all lucky to have you as our leaders. 

Dr. and Mrs. Lane
Dr. and Mrs. Lane enjoying Family Day 2019
Sunset at the end of Family Day
Sunset on Family Day 2019

Just as an inside scoop…Family Day 2020 will be even better! See you next year! 


Written by: Kaitlin Painter | Digital Marketing & Content Manager |


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