'A Night of Wishes' is theme for Spring Gala

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"A Night of Wishes … Farmers with Autism Making Their Dreams Come True"… will benefit the participants (farmers) attending Hiram Farm.

Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community, a nonprofit agricultural community for adults with autism, is hosting its fifth annual Spring Gala from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. April 26 at the home of Tom Chema, president of Hiram College.

Attendees will be shuttled to the event from Hiram Christian Church, Hiram Municipal Lot and Hiram College.

The semi-formal event will include an open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent auction, and wine auction to complete the evening's program, which is Hiram Farm's largest fundraising event of the year.

Hiram Farm, located on a 120-acre organic farm in Hiram, provides the farmers with a wide variety of work that provides them with a source of income.

Facilities on the farm include vegetable gardens, a barn and workshop, heated green houses, livestock shelters, a pavilion, a farmhouse which includes offices and meeting space, a weaving room, a ceramic studio, and an art gallery full of art and crafts from the farmers.

The farm is raising funds to bring functional restrooms (versus portalets) and water and sewer lines in from the street to the farm grounds. The estimated cost for this project is $75,000 and the farm welcomes any donation for this improvement.

Hiram Farm welcomes Hiram College students to participate in Work Study Programs and Campus Day (a day of volunteerism for freshmen).

The farm also welcomes various educational and therapeutic facilities and local volunteer groups and out-of-state volunteers (church mission groups).

The farm provides a wide variety of activities that can be adjusted to suit the needs of many individuals with autism.

The program, which currently serves 23 farmers with 16 staff members, opened in June 2009 and will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in June 2014.

The Spring Gala is open to the public. Reservations and payment are requested by April 15 with a $55 single reservation.

Mail check with names of attendees to: Hiram Farm, P.O. Box 157, Hiram, OH 44234 or use the PayPal button on Hiram Farm's website www.hiramfarm.org. For more information, call 330-569-3441.

 

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