Instructor, Dayna Rocchi, leads the group during a Zumba for Zack held on Oct. 21 at Amanda’s Dance Academy, located at 155 ½ S. Main St., Cadiz. All proceeds from the lesson were given to support Zack Jones, a Freeport youth battling a rare form of cancer.
This Saturday, Oct. 23 will also see the The Zack Jones Benefit Make A Difference Day—at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Cadiz, sponsored by local 4-H organizations. Food stands will be open from noon to 7 p.m. with the Freeport and Moorefield Township Volunteer Fire Departments selling barbecued chicken and other groups offering various concessions. A car cruise-in with Tom “DJ Spike Man” Spiker and an antique tractor show will take place from 2-4 p.m. The first 50 car or tractors will receive a dash plaque for participating. Other activities include a cornhole tournament, Mini Relay For Life, musical entertainment, Chinese, silent and live auctions, children’s games and, weather permitting, horseshoes and a hayride with a pumpkin patch ripe for the picking.
Co-organizer Amy Edwards said the day of fun-filled festivities would help defray medical and other expenses for Zack.
Auctioneers Steve Birney and Steve Cronebaugh will lead the live auctions featuring autographed merchandise from singers Gretchen Wilson, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, NFL star Joe Theissman and Notre Dame University Coach Lou Holtz, a Krone KR125 baler, use of a Massey Ferguson tractor, use of a McCormick tractor, candles, crafts and myriad other goods. Nineteen 4-H clubs each donated $25 gift cards that are being placed on a special tree to be auctioned during the benefit.
Tickets are available for the 50-50 raffle at $1 each or $5 for six to win jewelry, hunting gear, a whole hog including processing and taxidermy services.
“We will have music at 2 p.m., and weather permitting we will have the pumpkin patch. We will do a hayride with tractors and people can pick pumpkins,” Edwards added. “We also will have an area set up for video messages for Zack. People can pay a fee to make a video message on DVD.”
The videos will be given to Zack to encourage him in his brave fight, while Edwards was unsure whether the boy would attend the outing. A fund has also been established in Zack’s name at WesBanco Bank in Freeport.
For more information or to donate, contact Edwards at 740-491-1328 or 740-945-8700 or Fenstamaker at 740-968-3096 or 740-827-3064.