LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— Wea Creek Orchard is impacting the community by giving back.
The orchard us a family-owned orchard, market, and event venue.
On Friday, July 26, 2019, through Saturday, July 27, 2019, Purdue Senior Mariah Merryman organized a sunflower festival at the orchard.
Merryman has had a love for sunflowers her whole life and this was her first time ever organizing a festival.
Each night offered many things such as planting your own sunflower, picking sunflowers, and even wagon rides.
Many vendors were also in attendance at the festival. Merryman wanted to give back to the community in some way. So she did by donating all of the vendor's fees to a non-profit organization.
The local Orchard donated $1500 dollars to Down Syndrome Indiana.
It was Merryman's idea to donate all of the vendor fees charged at the festival back to a non-profit.
Vendors had a say in where the money would go. Merryman comprised a list of different organizations such as Food Finders Food Bank and The Almost HomeHumane Society. Venders then choose from that list of organizations and Down Syndrome Indiana won the vote.
Stefani Goetz with 21 petals in Lafayette was there to accept the donation.
Her son, Foxx Goetz who has Down Syndrome, owns the flower farm, 21 Petals, that is aimed at raising awareness for down syndrome.
Goetz said this was truly an amazing donation that will continue to impact lives. She said she hopes that this will send a message.
"I just hope that number one people are aware that individuals with down syndrome are absolutely wonderful citizens in our community and they have great things to offer," said Goetz.
Merryman said it was easy for her to choose giving back to the community. She wants other people to do the same.
"Honestly I just hope that it encourages other people to do something similar," said Merryman. "To donate to charities or to volunteer their time. I hope it's more of a teaching moment of okay this is what we did for our community and this is how great it feels."
Merryman is planning another festival for the fall.
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