After reaching out to help a family during the holiday season last year, the Lost Plantation community is hosting an even bigger event this year to help another neighbor.
Lost Plantation will host its second annual Light the Night Golf Cart Parade on Saturday. The proceeds will assist Donna Reardon, who has been undergoing treatment since being diagnosed with cancer in June.
The parade, spearheaded by Melissa Capwell, Julie Dickey, Marie Snow and Dawn Herrington, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lost Plantation clubhouse.
“Effingham County and this community are so close-knit, it seems like everybody knows everybody,” Capwell said. “I feel like giving back and knowing you made a difference in someone’s life is the best feeling in the world. “
The golf cart parade began last year as a neighborhood fundraiser to help Ashley Toler, a mother of two young boys who was battling cancer. According to Capwell, the parade raised more than $5,000 to go toward Toler’s medical expenses.
“We decided to bring some cheer to her and her family for the Christmas season, and that we did,” Capwell said. “Her children loved the parade and she was able to watch from her porch with family and friends.”
The organizers plan to do the same this year for the Reardon family. Donna Reardon began radiation and chemotherapy right after her diagnosis and she had surgery to remove the tumor, but she faces complications with spots on her liver and lung. Reardon’s husband works for Gulfstream, but she has been unable to work since July, according to Capwell.
“The financial hardships that come with such an illness have been trying for her and her family,” Capwell said. “With our help, she can concentrate on beating the cancer and be on the road to getting her life back.”
Prior to the parade of golf carts festooned with decorations and lights, Lost Plantation will host a festival from 4-7 p.m. neat the subdivision’s tennis courts. The festival, a new addition this year, will include music, a bake sale, crafts fair, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, children’s games and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.
“We decided to make the event last a little longer this year,” Capwell said. “We hope to make this a great night and fun for all.”
The entry fee for the golf cart parade is $25. Pre-registration is preferred, but registration will be accepted until 6 p.m. the night of the parade.
The charge for a crafts booth is also $25. Organizers also welcome donations of gift baskets, gift certificates and craft items for the silent auction and goodies for the bake sale.
For more information, call Capwell at (912) 429-6323 or Dickey at (706) 271-7722.