Over the past year St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of Bay Head has been assisting the community in healing from the destruction of Superstorm Sandy.
Right after Sandy, St. Paul’s opened their doors to offer a hot cup of coffee, a light meal, and a charging station so people could get in touch with their loved ones, and since November 2012 has served tens of thousands of meals to displaced Sandy Survivors. Today, as local communities continue to rebuild, officials with St. Paul’s said they are pressing on with a message of HOPE.
While many towns and organizations will be commemorating the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, the church will be hosting a Festival Of Hope on Oct. 26, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This day-long festival will include various local food and crafting vendors, children's activities, live music, a silent auction and a 5K Run and Walk.
At 8:30 a.m. the day will begin with a 5K run and one mile walk. Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female runners, and runners can register the day of the event beginning at 6 a.m.,.
The festival portion of this event will kick off with a .25 mile fun-run for the children, and there will be activities for children taking place throughout the day, including face painting, sporting events, and a dance party.
The Festival of Hope will also feature a bake sale and a silent gift auction featuring gift baskets and gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses, as well as Southwest Airline tickets and an iPad.
Festivalgoers can also try their luck dunking local celebrities, including area teachers, pastors, and two local mayors! Inside the church local artists will have their work on display and non-profit groups are scheduled to share information about Sandy Recovery.
For more information regarding the Festival of Hope, contact St. Paul's United Methodist Church at (732) 892-5926, email@example.com, or visit the Festival website at www.festivalofhopebayhead.com.