Before Judy Vincenzo lost her 17 year battle with cancer, she created a "wish list" which, among other prayers and wishes, expressed her desire to help local cancer patients pay for medical care. At the top of the list is the scripture verse: "And the Lord answered me and said, write the vision and make it plain upon tablets."
Today, Judy Vincenzo's family and friends are making her wish a reality as the Judy Vincenzo Foundation is hosting its first ever summer festival event on Saturday, June 15. The event will take place at the Lafferty Moose Property, just 1.7 miles off of Rt. 149 on Mt. Hope Road from 11 a.m. to midnight. With help from the summer festival and the previous fundraisers, the Foundation is working toward its goal of helping local families bridge the gap between medical cost and medical care. Entry fee to the summer festival is $10, and all proceeds go toward the Foundation.
"Our first annual Judy Vincenzo Foundation summer festival will be our biggest fundraiser to date and we are hoping to make it our signature event," said Judy's daughter and one of the event organizers, Leann Vincenzo. "We have included something for everyone. For the kids, we will have bouncy houses - kids get in free, a special toy raffle, and children's activities from 12-4."
THE JUDY Vincenzo Foundation will host a summer festival on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to midnight at the Lafferty Moose Property on Mt. Hope Road. The event, which will benefit the Foundation’s goal of supporting local cancer patients to bride the gap between medical cost and medical care, includes vendors, crafts, activities for children, raffles, prize giveaways, a poker run and live music. Shown getting ready for the poker run are Judy’s children Max Vincenzo and Leann Vincenzo.
Along with craft, clothing and food vendors all day, Vincenzo said the Foundation's "famous chicken dinners" will be available starting at noon. "Folks can come for just a dinner if they don't plan to stay for the music," she added.
Several great prizes will be raffled off as well, including gift baskets, two 4-day Jamboree in the Hills passes and a flat screen TV.
The event also marks the first Judy Vincenzo Foundation Poker Run. Bikers can sign up at the Moose Property in Lafferty (look for signs). First bike is out at 11 a.m., last bike out at 1 p.m. Stops include Denny's Blue Angel, Hanks, Captina Carryout, Chapz, Lafferty Moose bar, then ending at the festival. Sign up fees for the poker run are $10 for a single rider or $15 a couple. The sign up fee will also cover entry into the festival.
Leann also designed event t-shirts, which will be available the day of the festival. "If you want a shirt and can't make it, you can call 740-310-3464 and we can mail one to you," she explained.
This day-long event also features an impressive lineup of local musicians including Taylor Porter, 2:30 p.m.; Spiralines, 4 p.m.; New American Groove, 5:30 p.m.; Soul Groove Orchestra, 7 p.m.; Soulbridge, 8:30 p.m.; Robby Parsons, 9:30 p.m.; and Old Buddy Jack closes out the night for the grand finale. In addition, The Other Tribe will perform between sets and after dark featuring live fire dancing shows which include fire hoops, fire poi, fire breathing and fire eating. Enjoy a bonfire after dark and acoustic guitar and drums after Old Buddy Jack.
Camping is available free of charge. Bring your tent or camper and spend the night. Beer will also be sold on site, so bring an ID.
For those wishing to learn more about the Judy Vincenzo Foundation, an informational booth will be set up at the festival and include educational material about different kinds of cancers.
"We have been absolutely overwhelmed and amazed by all of the support we have received so far," Leann said. "It is our deepest pleasure to be able to give back to our community in the name of a woman whose kind and generous spirit knew no bounds. We look forward to being able to use the funds we raise to help those in need locally who are fighting battles with cancer."
For more information about the June 15 summer festival, call 740-310-3464 or 260-437-5338. For more information about the Judy Vincenzo Foundation, contact Karen Norman at 740-296-4203, email Judyvincenzo@rocketmail.com, or visit the Facebook page. Donations can be sent to the Judy Vincenzo Foundation, P.O. Box 314, St. Clairsville, Ohio 43950.