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Girls’ retreat fundraiser rescheduled

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“Music in the Park,” a fundraiser for the “I Am Awesome (And I Know It)” girls’ retreat, has been postponed to this Wednesday (Aug. 12) from 4-8 p.m. at the Emo Spray Park.

Initially scheduled to take place yesterday, the wet weather led organizers to postpone the event.

“So sorry to have to do this but we just don’t think it’d be much fun hanging out in the rain,” Penny Hutton noted on Facebook yesterday, adding they’re hoping for better weather next week.

“We just didn’t feel like taking a chance on the rain and the forecast,” echoed retreat director Renée Martin-Brown.

“We hope to see you next Wednesday.”

As previously reported, some of this year’s retreat participants got together to stage a community event for the whole family to enjoy.

“Music in the Park” also was a chance for retreat participants to work to earn money toward their $300 “Pay It Forward” goal.

While the girls aren’t paying a fee to attend this year’s retreat, they each are being asked to raise $300 so others can attend it next year.

Martin-Brown said those who actively participate in the “Music in the Park” fundraiser will split the proceeds from the event to apply toward their “Pay it Forward” goals.

She also noted this is the final “I Am Awesome” fundraiser of the summer for the participants and their parents.

They sold “tacos in a bag” at the dragon boat races here June 27 and again on Canada Day, then held “tag days” at Tim Hortons on July 24-25.

The retreat was given the proceeds of the Emo Legion’s 50/50 draw for July, as well.

“Music in the Park” will feature local musical talent, including McKenna Begin, Ken Brown, Brianna Eldridge, Brittany Strachan, and Martin-Brown herself, with more to be confirmed.

The retreat participants, meanwhile, will be painting children’s faces for donations.

There also will be a photo scavenger hunt, with those who take part having a chance to win a scooter donated by J.N. Webb & Sons.

A fundraising barbecue will be held, as well, featuring hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, and refreshments donated by Cloverleaf.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

If you plan to attend, R.S.V.P. on Facebook to help organizers better prepare.

And remember to bring your own lawn chair.

More than 60 girls have registered for the “I Am Awesome (And I Know It)” retreat, which is set for Sept. 24-27 at Sunny Cove Camp.

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