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Lost Plantation lights up for Ella
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There were plenty of activities for the annual Lost Plantation golf cart parade. - photo by Photo provided

The annual Lost Plantation golf cart parade raised more than $2,000 Saturday night.

Twenty-eight carts took to the streets, with Rincon Police units leading the way and escorting the carts.

Many volunteers took part in staging the event, including organizer Dana Flood, James and Tina Dasher, Tara and Lynn Childress, Tonya Perry, Julie Dickey, Carolina Hutchinson and Cristina and Christopher Larson. The Dashers donated food and drinks and the golf cart for Ella Bothwell, the honoree of the parade, while the Childresses made signs for the entrance and also made more than 50 lighted globes to hang along the parade route as a fundraiser. They also posed as Mr. and Mrs. Claus for pictures.

Dickey, Hutchinson and the Larsons made copies and passed them out to more than 500 homes. Perry served as the photographer, and many homeowners also had baked goods to sell for the fundraiser.

Activities started at 4:30 with pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, followed hamburgers and hot dogs and baked goods for sale at 5:30. A prayer vigil was held at Ella’s house at 6:30, and the parade began at 7 p.m.

Jerry King, a Lost Plantation resident, made sure Ella had “snow” Saturday night. Ella’s brain tumor is known as diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas.

“I am amazed how God worked in putting us all together to make this event successful and allowing her to be a little girl and enjoy being a princess for the night as hundreds of people lined the parade route to cheer her on,” Flood said. “I give God all the glory for this event.”