The Friends For Michael Spinal Cord Injury Organization has been making a difference in Henry County for more than ten years.
This year FFM President, and founder, Cindy Norton said the FFM will participate in USA Weekend’s National Make A Difference Day for the first time.
The national effort encourages people all over the country to “make a difference” in their communities by donating a day to clean up, fix up or in some other way contribute to the betterment of their communities.
Participating charities also can apply for money awarded annually by USA Weekend. “This gives us the possibility of getting grants,” she said.
The Friends for Michael goal for the event is raise more money to build a fully handicapped accessible playground at the new Henry County Recreational and Services Park. Norton said more than half of the $150,000 cost has already been raised.
“The playground is something Michael and I had talked about before he passed away,” she said. “He was concerned that if and when he had children of his own that he would not be able to take them to the park or ball field to let them play because they were not accessible.”
It is a daylong fun and fundraising event that begins with Krispy Kreme donuts and coffee at 9 a.m. served by Barren Heights Retreat.
“This day will include everybody from infants to seniors,” she said.
The Henry County Farmers Market will offer seasonal produce and handcrafted items for sale.
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Sign ups for the Little Tot and Baby Contest begin at 11 a.m. “There will be a lot of different things going on,” Norton said. “This is not just for the playground. It’s a community-wide effort.”
Live music will be provided by Christian group Unfinished from noon until 2 p.m. and blues rock band Bluesneck from 2 until 4 p.m.
Attendees can take advantage of the services of a data shredding truck provided by the Eminence Christian Church and a booth accepting ink cartridges and cell phones for recycling.
She said fun and games will include a cornhole tournament, Halloween costume contest, kite making and flying contest, an archery/shooting contest, face painting, pumpkin painting sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau, an arts and crafts table sponsored by Cedar Lake Lodge, inflatable bouncers, relay races and several booths offering children’s games such as bottle toss and dart balloons.
There also will be horse drawn buggy and hay rides, pony rides and tethered hot air balloon rides.
Food will be available all day with lunch provided and served by the Rotary Club.
At 5:30 p.m. the Smith-Berry Winery Dinner and Concert begins at the winery near New Castle.
Nashville-based country music singer Michelle Murray will perform. “She’s getting ready to break through,” Norton said. “The concert is going to be awesome.” Advance tickets are $19.95. Day of the event tickets are $24.95.
VIP tickets that include a bottle of wine plus special seating, autographs, pictures and a meet and greet with Murray are $49.95.
Reservations are recommended at 845-7091 or toll-free at 1-888-845-7091.
Make A Difference Day is Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Henry County Recreational and Services Park on U.S. 421, New Castle.
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