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Summer Festival to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children

by Geoff Fox

The Ali Ghan Shrine of Cumberland are holding a Summer Festival this Saturday, June 11 in Cumberland with proceeds to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children locations. These hospitals provide service to the clients of Allegany, Garrett, and Washington County.

First Lady Sonya Cooper Lathropis, wife of 2022 Potentate Mark Lathropis, is sponsoring a For the Kids campaign with the Summer Festival.

The festival will be held on Saturday, June 11, from noon to 6 p.m. on the Ali Ghan Shrine Pinic Grounds located at 13100 Ali Ghan Road NE, Cumberland in Allegany County.

Festival Planning Committee Member Antoinette Royster said it would be Exit 46 off of I-68 toward the Love’s Travel Stop.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome, she added.

The festival will have a special guest, 9-year old Lee Ann Grice of Erie, PA.

Grice serves as one of the Patient Ambassadors for Shriners Hospital for Children and has been a patient at their hospital since she was 2 months old.

“First Lady Sonya and the members of the Festival Planning Committee have worked tirelessly in making this event a success,” Royster said in a press release.

There will be fun and entertainment for folks of all ages such as clowns, super- heroes, games for kids, train rides, raffles, free give-a-ways, service organizations, and craft and food vendors.

Entertainment will be provided by a DJ and several local talents such vocalists, gymnastics, and dance schools will be on hand.