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Pumpkins For A Cure

Pumpkins For A Cure (PFAC), a non-profit organization, will host their seventh annual pumpkin drive to benefit The Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation (ZCDF). Now in its seventh year, this public event will take place Saturday & Saturday, October 1st and 2nd, 2011 (from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm) at The Kane County Courthouse at 100 S. Third Street in downtown Geneva, Illinois.

Mary and Paul Zellmer's son, Jim was just six years old when he was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in the fall of 2004. When Paul came home from the pharmacy with a bag filled with insulin and supplies, Jim panicked and said, "how long will I have to take shots?" His dad told him "for the rest of your life." The small boy's eyes filled with tears and he said "Mommy fix this." From that moment on, the Zellmer family knew what they needed to do . . . roll up their sleeves, pitch in and find a way to help the ADA/JDRF raise additional money to help find a cure. That next fall Pumpkins For A Cure was born.

All proceeds from this event will benefit The Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation. All money donated is tax deductible as you simply make a donation – there are no prices associated with any of the pumpkins and other farm goods. Event organizers simply ask that you donate what you believe the items are worth. Families are invited to make a donation to the ZCDF and pick out their fall pumpkins, gourds, bales of hay and Indian corn and take advantage of the many activities planned throughout the day for the 2011 event:

Kids activities, kids raffle, craft table and free giveaways for kids.Face painting for kids of all ages.Debbie Notaro, Master Gardener fall decorating/gardening tips.Jeanie B and The Jelly Beans family music.Story time featuring award winning teacher, Diane Clark.Haunted hay ride featuring Donna Latham.Horse carriage rides, visits to Third Street merchants.Watch professional pumpkin carver Marc Solomon.Jesse White Tumblers perform.Taste For A Cure. A competition where Fox Valley restaurants submit a pumpkin-based dessert of their own creation for judging by both a professional panel and the public tasters. Entrants will create one full-size serving for each judge (5) and 500, "3 bite-sized samples" for the public "tasters". All proceeds to benefit the Zellmer Childhood Disease Foundation.Author Margery Cuyer will read from and give away an autographed hardcover edition of her new book "Skeleton Hiccups".

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