Garden Villa opens their ‘barn doors’ to help two local girls in need

Garden Villa boasted a tractor display at its July 13 'Down on the Farm' fundraiser. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Kelsey Smith
Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — Even a torrential downpour could not stop Garden Villa from hosting their Down on the Farm Anniversary Open House today.

The retirement residence opened its doors and the hearts of others as they paid tribute and raised money for two brave, young, local girls: Adalyn Myers and Abigail Hosick.

Funds were raised in various ways and by all age categories.

They hosted a barbecue lunch, sold and auctioned off pies made by seniors of the home, a quilt show, donation jars, and even set up a small lemonade stand operated by children of home employees.

Myers and Hosick both made it out to the event for a short amount of time and were elated to see such a great turn out.

Also making an appearance were North Dundas Mayor, Eric Duncan and MPP Jim McDonell.

The homemade pies were a crowd favourite and they “flew through over 40 pies in under an hour!” exclaimed Garden Villa Development Manager, Lynne Smith.

Smith was amazed by the crowd.

She said the lunch rush was “absolutely packed.”

They fed around 100 people and it was “very busy,” she added.

The inclement weather caused a slight hiccup and a bit of chaos, Smith explained, but visitors were very patient and employees quickly moved everything into the main lobby.

The animals from Big Sky Ranch weathered the rain under tents and were popular entertainment enjoyed by all.

Their display of tractors was ‘downscaled’ considering the rain which was unfortunate, Smith said.

Despite the weather, Smith is confident the event fared well and would go along way to helping two very deserving families.

Fun for all ages, Big Sky Ranch Animal Sanctuary had llamas and other creatures on site. Smith photo, Nation Valley News


Smith photo, Nation Valley News


All proceeds of the event went to the families of Abigail Hosick and Adalyn Myers, two little girls battling childhood cancer. Smith photo, Nation Valley News


Lexie Matte helps out at the lemonade stand. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

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