On Saturday, Oct.13 at the Farm Brewery at Broad Run, there was a chill in the air but no lack of warmth from the families gathered to give back to children in need. The Sweet Julia Grace Foundation (SJGF) hosted their third annual Music Fest to support their mission of gracing children in the midst of a medical crisis with wishes outside the scope of their medical needs. The wishes granted to each family vary, but the purpose is to give comfort, hope and some joy while making memories together.
The Bristow-based Sweet Julia Grace Foundation is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization inspired by and in honor of Julia Grace Knight. Julia lived 12 years with a rare genetic disease yet she ‘danced in the rain’ despite her medical hardships. The children who are celebrated by the Sweet Julia Grace Foundation are called Raindancers. Sara Knight, founder and mom to the original Raindancer Julia Grace, puts her heart into each and every event to ensure the mission of walking beside these families can continue.
Attendees enjoyed delicious food from The Frenchman and Burnt Ends BBQ food trucks, wine and beer from The Farm Brewery, face painting, balloon artists, cornhole, firepits and s’mores, popcorn, and dancing to music from local bands One Hot Mess, Livin’ the Dream and The Bottle Shop.
The special VIPs for the event were the children and families who have joined the ‘SJGF family’ of those who understand how life can bring difficult moments and how to dance in the midst of them. These Raindancers, wearing VIP passes so they could meet each other more easily, enjoyed the activities and just hanging out with other kids who “get it.” And they all made sure to get a hug from Sara!
These events wouldn’t be possible without the support of generous sponsors, volunteers, and the wonderful people in our community who support SJGF through our events! SJGF hosts family-friendly, fundraising events throughout the year so everyone in the community can get involved in giving back and showing love and support to local families. To hear about future events, read about the amazing Raindancers, and see how you can help, go to www.sweetjuliagracefoundation.org.