A rescheduled fundraiser at The Cottage Event Center will benefit Oak Hill Farm.

The benefit to held 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 31, was postponed from May 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions on large gatherings.

Discounted advance tickets for $15 can be purchased online through Eventbrite, by calling Oak Hill Farm at 260-672-8199, at cottageeventcenter.com, or by calling The Cottage Event Center at 260-483-3508. Tickets will also be available for $18 at the door on the day of the event. The Cottage Event Center is at U.S. 24 and Locust Drive in Roanoke.

The nonprofit Oak Hill Farm provides therapy to children and adults by teaching how to ride and care for horses. Brenda Malcolm is the director.

The BBQ Chef Cook-off allows attendees to pay one price and sample a variety of barbecue items from professionals and vote for their favorite. Chefs participating this year include: last year’s winner, Jimmy’s Barbecue, of Fort Wayne; Moose & Mollie’s of Roanoke; and two-time former winner Walnut Hill Catering of Fort Wayne.

Both indoor and outdoor seating will be available, weather permitting, to accommodate social distancing. Curbside carryout will also be available.

“Acoustic oldies” music will be provided by The Fleetwood Band. The group’s lineup is Barrie Fleetwood, guitar and vocals; Pam Fleetwood, percussion; Jim Amstutz, keyboards and harmonica; and Christine Smith, vocals. The Fleetwood Band plays acoustic versions of rock classics from artists including The Beatles, Eagles, Bob Seger, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, ELO and The Monkees, and a variety of country ranging from George Jones to Vince Gill, Alan Jackson and Restless Heart.

Oak Hill Farm is a PATH International certified and accredited nonprofit service organization dedicated to promoting horseback riding for the handicapped. They work with children (and adults) who face physical, emotional, and/or social challenges, striving to make each ride a fun and yet therapeutic experience in a peaceful, relaxing setting.

Jim Amstutz manages The Cottage Event Center.

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