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Apple Blossom Festival: Fun for a cause

Newton’s first outdoor celebration of spring, the Apple Blossom Festival, is set for Friday, April 27, at Newton Presbyterian Manor. The event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. While fun is what the festival is all about, it’s fun for a really good reason.

“Every year the Newton community and the staff and residents of Newton Presbyterian Manor have a wonderful time at the Apple Blossom Festival,” said Noelle Dickinson, marketing director at Newton Presbyterian Manor. “But the event is about more than just generating smiles and good memories, it’s about helping our residents who need financial assistance to stay here.”

All proceeds of the Apple Blossom Festival benefit the Good Samaritan Program, which makes it possible for residents to continue to live at their PMMA community when they have exhausted their financial resources through no fault of their own. This program provides more than $6.8 million a year in unreimbursed care and services throughout PMMA’s 17 campuses.

“The Good Samaritan Program is the reason I volunteer at this event,” said Marci Andres, festival volunteer. “We all volunteer for the cause.”

The festival includes dinner, which will be a pork barbecue with potato salad, baked beans and apple pie. Kids’ meal packs include pork barbecue, hot dog or hamburger with chips, a drink and a cookie. A drive-thru also is available off of the Broadway Apartments entrance for those unable to stay for the evening.

KidFest on the east lawn is a festival favorite and includes activities and fun for children of all ages. All of the usual activities will be there including pony rides, face painting, an obstacle course, moonwalk and 18’ slide as well as carnival games and prizes. Children may play all evening with a $5 stamp. Fun cycles will also be available for a small fee.

“It’s great to see all the enthusiasm and involvement of the local community on the Presbyterian Manor campus for the festival,” said Mel McAnulty, festival volunteer for multiple years. “Seeing the kids and families enjoying the evening is rewarding, and residents enjoy themselves at the festival, too.”

Festival volunteer and chair of the missions committee, Linda Hwa Davis added, “The festival brings people together. It’s fun to see everyone happy, having a good time.”

Festival meal tickets are $8 in advance for adults and $9 on site. Kids’ meal packs are $4 in advance and $5 the evening of the festival. Tickets are available at Newton Presbyterian Manor and Midland National Bank downtown and the south branch. Use our event page on Facebook to invite friends and help us spread the word.

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