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YFT’s Country Fair & Auctions and Groundbreaking Ceremony Set for October 1

September 19, 2016

For Immediate Release                                            Contact: Becky Whitelock
September 19, 2016                                                  703-743-2905

One day each fall is set aside by Youth For Tomorrow to invite the community to their Bristow campusto celebrate the partnership they have enjoyed with the local community since 1986.The31st Annual Country Fair & Auctions, northern Virginia’s most affordable family fun festival, and also YFT’s largest fundraising event, will take place in Bristow on Saturday, October 1st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The private, non-profit school was founded by Washington Redskins and Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs in 1986, initially to serve the at-risk population of young boys in the region. The program has greatly expanded since 2003, to include at-risk girls, human trafficked victims and families who need counseling.

Youth For Tomorrow’sCEO Dr. Gary Jones commented about the community partnership: “We are able to care for the hundreds of children who come here for help each year, many without funding, because of the immense support we receive from corporate and local citizens throughout the region.” He continued, “We want people to come with their families to see for themselves how we partner with the community to bring a new life to our children.”

Those who attend the Fair will find many of the favorite activities and events from the past – more than 75 rides, games and activities will be on the field; dozens of shows and activities for children will take place under the Minnieland tent! A petting zoo, pony rides and fun activities in the Farmer’s Market area are guaranteed to please the young ones. And, of course, there will be live music and entertainment by many local groups throughout the day as well as delicious food for purchase from local vendors. Auctions abound! The Live Auction will feature numerous enticing prizes i.e. trips to faraway places and sporting events. Peterson Companies Market Square and silent auction area will be full of items for bid from merchants and individuals. Those who like competitive bidding will have an opportunity for excitement at the Blind Bid Board.

Much is familiar and this year much is new! In the interactive STEM ZONE pavilion sponsored by the Micron Foundation,NOVASySTEMic’s Solutions, will provide participants with an up-close and personal encounter with drones, robots, 3-D printers and much more. The Dock Dogs Aquatic Competition will take place in the show area. And, the acclaimed Piscataway Indian ceremonial dance troupe will present morning and afternoon shows!

Also taking place on October 1st at 9:30 a.m. will be the dedication of Brenda House, the newest  home for girls. The new home construction is a $592,000 investment – of which 33% was donated by HomeAid, Toll Brothers and its trade partners.  YFT philanthropist, Mr. Bob Wiser, generously donated the remaining funds for this, the 6th girl’s home in Wiser Village.

There will also be a groundbreaking ceremony at the siteof the new YFT Chapel at 10:15. The Chapel will be constructed with majordonations from The Peterson Family Foundation, the Wm. A. Hazel Family, Bob Wiser and Joe Gibbs.

Parking is free at the campus and at satellite parking areas along the Linton Hall Corridor and Route 28. Details about all of the events taking place on October 1, can be found at www.youthfortomorrow.org or by calling 703-YFT4Kids .