GUILDERLAND Local families have chance for a great time with their neighbors while at the same time helping children who suffer from serious medical conditions have their “best day ever.”
The second annual Guilderland Community Fest will be held at Tawasentha Park on Saturday, Oct. 5, from noon to 3 p.m., and all proceeds will go to Maddie’s Mark. The community event, presented by Christ’s Church Guilderland, features food, music, a rock-climbing wall, pony rides, a martial arts exhibit, bounce house and other family-friendly activities.
Dawn Jacobson, event coordinator and congregant, said Christ’s Church previously held an annual picnic for its members. Congregants decided they wanted to do something more geared toward the community.
“We started last year and wanted to reach out to the community and share with them what we do and invite people to have a good time and raise money for a good cause,” Jacobson said.
Last year, more than 1,000 people were estimated to have attended the event, and around $4,000 was raised to benefit the Rodino family, who has been battling Huntington’s disease. Each year, the church plans to select a different organization or family for proceeds to benefit.
Last year, the weather wasn’t ideal, but the turnout was still strong, Jacobson said.
“Being our second year it is really tough to guess what it will be this year and we can only hope that more people do show up and we have great weather,” Jacobson said.
Maddie’s Mark was established to honor the memory of Madeline Musto, a 5-year-old girl who succumbed to an inoperable brain tumor. The nonprofit strives to continue Maddie’s legacy of love and kindness through helping to support children with serious illnesses and their families.
Maddie’s Mark Foundation Board of Directors President Erin Musto, mother of Madeline, Amelia and Lucy, said she was “really excited” to find out the organization was selected for the event.