Farm to host cancer fundraiserPublished 9:30pm Tuesday, December 4, 2012
A farm in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake will be turned into a winter wonderland this month for a fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society.
The first Christmas On The Farm Relay For Life Fundraiser, at Aquibob Farm off Tyre Neck Road, will include an array of fun activities from 5 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 14.
Carla Blechman, who is organizing the event, is in a Relay For Life team called Team In Remembrance.
“Me and the team captain, our fathers passed away from cancer,” Blechman said. “Everybody else has a family member who has passed away from cancer.”
The sponsor-supported team has been raising funds for cancer research by participating in the relay for seven years, she said.
The event at 3900 Saunders Lane will include horse-drawn wagon rides for $5, at least 38 craft vendors, and bonfires where marshmallows can be roasted.
There will be a free take-home craft table for children, along with face painting and musical entertainment beginning at 5 p.m.
The Churchland High School chorus will start the entertainment, followed by the Western Branch High chorus at 6 p.m., the West Park Church choir at 7 p.m., and two separate additional acts at 7:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
Good food and non-alcoholic drinks will also be available, Blechman said.
She said she decided to inquire about holding the event at Aquibob Farm after stopping there during its Halloween hayride. “I had (also) seen them take people out on a horse-drawn wagon on Tyre Neck Road before,” she said.
Blechman said she had always wanted to do a Christmas fundraiser and the farm’s Jeannie and Bob Hill readily agreed to host an event.
“Jeannie’s brother just passed away from cancer,” Blechman said. ‘When I went to her about doing a fundraiser, she said she was very close to her brother and would help any way she could. They gave me the appointment book and said, ‘Do what you want to do.’”
The farm is also offering horse-drawn wagon rides every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from Nov. 30 through Dec. 31. Prices are $10 for ages 10 and up and $5 for 10 and under. Military members and seniors attract a 10-percent discount. For reservations on other nights or to schedule a group ride, call 484-9858.
Dec. 21 has been set as a rain date for the cancer fundraiser at the farm. For more information on the event, call 686-2947.