Sunday, July 25, 2021

Cancer Survivor Awareness Fundraiser Set For June 26 At Surf’s Up Restaurant

POQUOSON—June is Cancer Survivor Month, so it’s fitting that a group called God’s Hands and Feet (GHAF) is putting on a fundraiser June 26 to raise money and awareness. The GHAF fundraising team is comprised of four women—Karen Whaley, Kimberly Abbasi, Julie Corbin, and Darlene McGriff—who are on God’s mission to help those in need by hosting events and fundraisers to help those who have been affected by sickness, job loss, or life-altering changes.

The event will be an outdoor experience held on the grounds of Surf’s Up Restaurant in Poquoson (100 Cary’s Chapel Road), on Saturday, June 26, from 10am–3pm. It will feature more than 30 different vendors, classic cars on display, games for the kids, face painting, a silent auction, live music, and more. The event is free and open to the public, although all donations are welcome. Tickets for the children’s play area are just one dollar.

“People are donating toys from Dollar Tree plus books, puzzles, and more so every child that plays a game will get a prize, no matter what,” said Karen Whaley, who co-owns Cosmic Catering with her daughter, Julie Corbin. “Then we’ve got the vendors, the silent auction, and a gentleman by the name of Ricky Ashworth, who was on the TV show Street Outlaws, will be at the event from 10am–12pm with the truck he had on the show. We’re going to have something for everyone.”

Surf’s Up Restaurant will also be open and featuring food specials. “When I went to the owner, Jan Rollins, and told her what we were planning, she said, ‘Use my property, hon. You’re doing a good thing,’” said Whaley. “She lost her husband to cancer 10 years ago, and I lost my father to cancer a little more than two years ago. So, we all know someone who it has affected.”

The event fee paid by the vendors will all go toward the fundraiser, along with the money earned from the children’s games and the silent auction. Some of the vendors will also be donating a portion of their proceeds to the cause.

Vendors will include Cosmic Catering, Daisey Bows, The Cookie Shack, Crosswings Boutique, Moon Phase Jewelry, Against All Odds, Back Deck Art, Gary’s Custom Lights, Be Well, Coastal Art, and more.

GHAF began in 2010 and has successfully raised money for a number of individuals, families, shelters, and even the local food bank.

“We’re going to do this in each community, whether it be Poquoson, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Norfolk, or Gloucester,” said Whaley. “Wherever there is a need, that’s where we’re going. And we’re going to do this every single month for a different cause or a different person. We’re blessed in what we have, and we want to share our blessings with others.”

Anyone interested in donating or volunteering can get in touch with the group through their Facebook page. Whaley can also be reached directly through her email address, cosmiccatering21@yahoo.com.

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