The Garden Party That Raised $7000

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The Garden Party That Raised $7000


True to Newfoundland weather tradition, Saturday, August 26th turned out gray and cold. And a big party tent had been blown into the bay earlier in the week by island gales and was wrecked.

But when you have a party that involves the amount of planning and preparation that John and Rhonda Adkins’ August 26th party did, the party must go on. And go on it did.

John and Rhonda have a cottage in King’s Point. They had decided to turn a regular garden party into a fundraiser for both the King’s Point Fire Department and a family that has been travelling back and forth to the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s for months.

To get ready for the party, John and Rhonda hired helpers to make sure the day went well. They enlisted the help of volunteers and friends. They paid for live music, and purchased the food. Rhonda worked her way around to Green Bay businesses, getting items and services to put up on auction.

John and Rhonda put a lot of effort into that garden party.

Garden party photo, Aug. 26 ~ People on the deck, in the garden, in the driveway! John and Rhonda Adkins welcomed 170 people to their property through the course of the day on August 26th [Photo credit: John Adkins]

And that effort paid off. The party was a social and fundraising success. Folks young and old had an opportunity to get together, 170 people in the stretch of the day in fact. An admission of $10 was charged for anyone over 16,  and Rhonda and John matched the funds taken at the gate.

All the effort led to a total of $7180 for the day. On September 9th, $6356 was presented to the King’s Point Fire Department and $824 was presented to Nikita Toms, mother to enchanting little Payton who has been receiving medical care at the Janeway.

John Adkins presented Nikita Toms with a cheque to help with travel to St. John’s, to the Janeway

In a Facebook post John wrote:

“The weather may have been a bit chilly and damp at the beginning, but that did not seem to matter to the 170 people that came out to have some fun and support our local fire department and Payton Toms. The local businesses deserve a huge thank you for their generous donations.There are so many people that helped throughout the event with ticket sales, food preparation, music, and games whom without their help we would not have been able to have done this.”

Big cheque, big hearts and many reasons to smile. On Saturday, September 9th, John and Rhonda again welcomed guests to their home — to present cheques and thank those who helped with the garden party on August 26th.  This particular ‘little’ cheque was accepted by firefighters Boyd Tucker and Shane Fudge


[In the photo at very TOP: Rhonda completes her signature high-energy pose as John (on right) presents the actual cheque to volunteer firefighter Boyd Tucker. ]