Thank You...

For supporting the 30th Annual FEST and 5k - one of our biggest fundraisers of the year! While the day was a little rainy, it didn't stop us from having our highest number of 5k Run, Walk & Wheel participants to date at 218! We were blessed to not only have a lot of runners from the community join us, but also for many of our Individuals and Team Members from the residential homes come out and enjoy themselves. Immediately following the 5k, we once again held our awards ceremony to congratulate the winners of each age group. If you haven't already seen the 5k results, please click the button below to view them! Then, after the awards ceremony, we are able to hold out first ever Kids Fun Run! About 15 kids lined up to run on our main campus near the start of the 5k and 1 mile course. And while the grass may have been a little wet, that didn't stop the speed of the kids as they raced around the oval.

Once the Kids Fun Run finished, our 30th Annual FEST began at 9am with a plant tent, kids activities tent, raffle area and Friendship Heart Gallery sales. Our plant tent was filled to the brim with beautiful flowers, hanging baskets, houseplants, vegetables and shrubs donated by various greenhouses throughout Lancaster County (please see the list below of the very generous greenhouses who donated!). The kids activities tent was filled with excitement as we were once again able to have Papa Tater back this year to perform an incredible magical experience for kids of all ages. We were also elated to once again be able to invite Joyful Canvas back to create beautiful works of art for both kids and adults to enjoy! Also inside the kids activities tent was coloring pages and blocks, a fishbowl toss to win a free betta fish coupon from That Fish Place - That Pet Place, a lollipop toss and a mini-golf hole. The raffle area contained 5 separate raffle prizes including 3 different sized handmade quilts, a set of 4 handmade chair by FC Volunteer Coordinator, Phil, and a cornhole set made by the FC Maintenance Team and painted by both the E. Oregon and Lancaster City Studios. All winners have been notified and prizes have been picked up. The Friendship Heart Gallery area had beautiful original paintings by the Heart Artists, greeting cards, jewelry and Primitives by Kathy items!

At 10am, the bingo tent opened up and came to life with Individuals, Team Members and community members paying close attention to hear their numbers being called so they could potentially go home with one of 35 different donated baskets containing a large variety of goods and various gift certificates. We want to say thank you to everyone who donated a prize for this game!

Then, at 11am, the food trucks arrived to provide a variety of different foods to the hungry guests. We want to thank Fresh Start CoffeeCupcakes by CaseyNext Level Pizza and J.R.'s Brisket for coming out and braving the weather! We were bummed that the Little Cotton Cart was not able to attend the event but because of the rain, it was not possible to make cotton candy so we completely understand. All of the food trucks were able to either sell out of multiple items or sell out completely and we are so thankful for the community for supporting these small business food trucks! 

We can't thank everyone enough for coming out and supporting this fundraiser - it means more to us that we can express. As an Organization that relies on the generous donations of our supporters, we were blown away by the amount of people who, despite the weather, came out and showed us that we have such an amazing community behind us. We couldn't do what we do without all of you and we appreciate all of it from the bottom of our hearts. Please keep an eye out for more fundraising opportunities for Friendship Community and we hope to see everyone at next year's FEST (date TBD)!

We want to say a huge THANK YOU to these greenhouses that donated towards our plant tent:

  • Black Creek Greenhouse
  • Brubacher's Greenhouse
  • Conestoga Valley Greenhouse
  • Country Meadows Nursery
  • Esbenshade's Greenhouse
  • Flower Wagon
  • Frey's Nursery
  • Hilltop Gardens
  • Huber's Nursery
  • Ken's Garden
  • Miller's Greenhouse
  • Newswanger's Greenhouse
  • Perfect Pots
  • Riverside Greenhouse
  • Shady Lane Greenhouse
  • Shenk's Greenhouse
  • Spooky Nook Greenhouse
  • Stoney Lane Greenhouse
  • Sunny Acres Greenhouse
  • Sunset Acres Greenhouse
  • Town's Edge Greenhouse
  • Weavertown Flowers
  • Wenger's Greenhouse

Thank you to our sponsors!

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