11th Annual Harvest Festival at Verrill Farm to Benefit Emerson Hospital’s Pediatric Care

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11th Annual Harvest Festival at Verrill Farm to Benefit Emerson Hospital’s Pediatric Care

11th Annual Harvest Festival at Verrill Farm to Benefit Emerson Hospital’s Pediatric Care

Fun for All Ages on Saturday, October 7 11 am – 3 pm
Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, MA – www.verrillfarm.com, 978.369.4494

On Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 11 am – 3 pm the beautiful fields surrounding Verrill Farm will be transformed into an old fashioned fair ground for the 11th Annual Harvest Festival and Benefit for Pediatric Care at Emerson Hospital.  The event features a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival games, music, food, a raffle and a hay ride to pick-your-own pumpkins out in the fields.  The rain date is Saturday, October 14 from 11 am – 3 pm.

The Benefit – Emerson Hospital’s Pediatric Care, Caring for All Children in the Community     Proceeds from the Harvest Festival are used to support pediatric care and the Pediatric Intervention Team at Emerson Hospital. Emerson’s Pediatric Invention Team works closely with clinicians and families to provide for the emotional wellbeing of children encountering the hospital environment. The team guides children and families through the surgical experience, helps children complete difficult exams and procedures, reduces fear and anxiety in children in need of urgent medical care, supports children visiting family members who are critically ill, helps families talk about a difficult diagnosis and prognosis with children and works for the wellbeing of all children in the community.

The Pediatric Intervention Team’s Coping Kits program helps children and caregivers successfully manage the hospital experience. Coping Kits contain developmentally-appropriate comfort items and activities for children receiving care at Emerson.  Since their introduction in 2006, over 30,000 Coping Kits have been distributed. To date, the Harvest Festival has raised more than $120,000 for pediatric care at Emerson.

Activities include

•  Hay rides, pony rides and petting zoo

•  Pick-your-own pumpkins

•  Crafts and carnival games

•   Violet the Clown – entertainment, balloon animals and face painting

•  Fire truck tours

•  Live Music by Monadnock Bluegrass

•  A raffle of items for family entertainment and dining, gift baskets and certificates – all items are generously donated by local businesses.

• Delicious food and beverages a la cart

Proceeds from activity, game and raffle tickets, as well as food purchases, go to support pediatric care at Emerson Hospital. Tickets can be purchased at the festival and are five for $10 or 12 for $20.

Community sponsors of this year’s Harvest Festival are: Verrill Farm, Cambridge Savings Bank, Lexington Eye Associates, Mass Eye and Ear of Concord, Emerson Emergency Physicians, LLC, Emerson Pediatric Hospitalist Group, AFA OB/GYN Associates, Concord OB/GYN, Emerson Anesthesia Associates, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates / Atrius Health, Pediatrics West, Pediatric Dentistry, Learning Express of Acton and Nana McMahon, MD.

Verrill Farm was established as a dairy farm in 1918, just seven years after the founding of Emerson Hospital.  As long-time neighbors, owners Steve and Joan Verrill and their daughter Jennifer Verrill Faddoul decided to support Emerson Hospital by making Verrill Farm’s annual Harvest Festival a benefit event with proceeds going to help children at the hospital. Over the 11 years of collaboration with Emerson Hospital, the event has grown in attendance, becoming one of Verrill Farm’s most popular annual events.

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Verrill Farm media contact:  Anne A. Cushman, aac33@comcast.net, 617.497.2127

Emerson Hospital media contact: Leah Lesser, llesser@emersonhosp.org, 978.287.3408

Photo copy:  Enjoying a pony ride at the Verrill Farm Harvest Festival & Benefit for pediatric care at Emerson Hospital on October 7.

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