11th Annual Avery’s Carnival To Benefit Local Family

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BRICK – Celebrate at the 11th annual Avery’s Carnival on September 29 at the Brick PAL from 1-5 p.m. This year’s event is dedicated to Lucia Graf, a four-year old preschooler from Brick who was diagnosed with phenotypic Acute Leukemia.

The Avery’s Carnival tradition began with Avery Judith, a young girl with a love for dance who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer, and passed away in 2008. Now, the Dance to Inspire Foundation puts on a carnival each year to raise money for local families affected by cancer or another serious disease. All funds are donated to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Avery’s name.

“I truly believe that Avery is always looking over us on her day and we are grateful to our donors who have been with us from the beginning. Avery inspires us to do the work we do for others,” said Michele Hulsart, the executive director of the Dance to Inspire Foundation.

This year’s event will feature rides, bungee games, rock wall, petting zoo, games, crafts, face painting, airbrush tattoos, dunk tank, prizes, food, and a DJ. A performing troop from the New Jersey Circus Center will also be present to teach kids the art of juggling, walking the tightrope, stilt walking, and more.

The cost is $20 for a wristband that gets you unlimited access to the fun!

For the adults, the event will feature a gift basket raffle, tickets to local attractions, and great perks from Jersey Shore businesses. Dance to Inspire Foundation’s off-premise 50/50 raffle will also be launched at the carnival for the drawing on December 1, just in time for holiday shopping!

Avery’s Carnival has something for everyone. Help Dance to Inspire make a difference for Lucia! For more information, visit dancetoinspirefoundation.com.

There’s also a GoFundMe page set up if you would like to help.

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