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Manchester Community Fair to raise money for ChadTough Foundation

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The Manchester Community Fair will be selling these T-shirts to raise money for the ChadTough Foundation.

The Manchester Community Fair will be selling these T-shirts to raise money for the ChadTough Foundation. Photo courtesy of the Manchester Community Fair.

As part of this year’s Manchester Community Fair, kicking off on June 21st, organizers have added a number of activities throughout the week to raise money for the ChadTough Foundation including a Dunk Tank and Car Smash Event. 100% of the profit from these events will be donated to the Foundation, whose goal is to fund research and raise awareness for Pediatric Brain Tumors with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

The car smash event was made possible by Manchester Collision & Towing and Manchester TrueValue Hardware who donated the car and paint. One of the organizers, Cindy Benedict, explained, “The car has been painted with a special ChadTough theme and for just a few dollars, participants will be able to take a swing at the car with a hammer. This should be really fun event for some young guns to get in there and show everyone what they got.”

The Fair will also have ChadTough t-shirts for sale, a raffle drawing with 3 winners ($500, $300, $150), as well as a silent auction all week long. Raffle tickets are $10 are on sale now at Wackers/Manchester Express Stop and at Manchester Collision & Towing. They will also be available the entire week of the fair. The drawing will take place Saturday, June 25th, at 9 pm at the fair office. No need to be present to win; winners will be contacted. In addition to the events, raffle & T-shirt sale, Q95 Country from Adrian will be broadcasting live from the fair on Thursday afternoon with giveaways as well.

The organizers are hoping to raise $2,000 for the ChadTough Foundation. Benedict explained how the idea to fundraise for the ChadTough Foundation came about. “The fair board is always looking for new and exciting things to add to the fair each year. I actually approached the board about the idea in February and we ran through some ideas. We’ve received an outstanding amount of support from local businesses and hope to make this event a success. When cancer affects you, a loved one or anyone you know, it gets personal. You want to make a difference and we thought this would be a fun way to do that by including it as part of the fair.”

Benedict stated that they are still in need of volunteers. She stated, “A special thank you to those that have already signed up to volunteer their time to help with these events. More volunteers are needed and we are specifically looking for individuals to sit in the dunk tank.” If you are interested in volunteering, email the fair at manchesterfair@yahoo.com or visit the Manchester Community Fair website for more information.

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