Guilford –Valley Grange of Guilford and Penquis have again joined hands to create a fundraiser where everybody wins. Organizers were encouraged by the success of an Italian Buffet in August that raised some $850 in support of the Smart Starts for Students Project. This time the organizations are putting together a Fall Harvest Supper to benefit the Piscataquis Santa Fund.
Walter Boomsma, Program Director for Valley Grange said there was very little not to be excited about. “We learned some lessons from the last supper… the most important ones included the fact that our organizations know how to collaborate and create energy!” Boomsma believes the events work for a number of reasons: the fact that kids in the area are the ultimate beneficiaries and the meals are an incredible bargain.
Sheree Brown of Penquis agrees. “Everybody works hard but we have fun and the community really comes together in a special way. We have lots of cooks, servers, and other helpers—including the people who just come and eat!” In keeping with the harvest theme, the October event will feature locally grown produce. Brown recently met with the Maine Highlands Farmers group and walked away with pledges of potatoes, squash, and apples. Since granges are well-known for their baking prowess, Valley Grange members and friends will be furnishing home-baked pies for dessert.
The goal of the Piscataquis Santa Fund is to ensure that all our kids in the area have a Merry Christmas by making warm clothing and a toy or two possible for families who can use a little help. Last year over 450 kids were served throughout the area.
The supper will be served on Saturday, October 22nd from 5 PM until 7 PM—or until the food runs out! The organizations are asking for a minimum $6 donation from adults, $3 for kids from 5 – 12 and under 5 can eat free. The Valley Grange Hall is located on the corner of Butter Street and Guilford Center Road in Guilford.
Farmers and gardeners who would like to help by providing produce can call Sheree Brown at 564-7116 or visit the Valley Grange website for a list of needs and to check out the menu.