This Saturday an important event is being held at Redman's Hall here in Oxford. Two local women, who went door to door to many local organizations to spread the word for this heartfelt gathering, have organized a benefit for the two young girls who were burned in the January fire along Market Street.

The benefit will be used to set up a trust fund for the two girls, Cheyenne, 8, and Amber, 7, who are still recovering from the injuries they sustained during the fire. The girls have said they may make an appearance at the event, which I hope will draw a large crowd from surrounding communities.

From 2 to 6 p.m. children's activities will be held at the hall, which is located on Brick Street. Children will be able to participate in face painting, egg decorating, raffles, a jellybean guess, an egg hunt and various other games. There will also be cotton candy, auction goods, toy box donations and music by Country John, as well as the Tammany Hall Band. There may even be a visit from the Easter Bunny. For adults there will be activities from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Even if you can't spend a great deal of time at the event, please show up and make a contribution. It is a great cause. I myself will be there to make my contribution and participate in the activities. Adult tickets are just $10 and children get in for $5. Those who don't think they can make it can call the event's organizers and make a donation. Terry Thomas can be reached at 610-998-1047, and Linda Hersh can be reached at 610-842-8382.

For those of you new to community activities, whether it is a fundraiser, craft show or local parade here in Oxford, they are great ways to spend your time and money. Generally the funds raised at events such as the Burn Victim Benefit go towards a good and worthwhile cause.

I am new to the local scene. Recently I attended a dinner theatre performance by the Avon Grove Recreation Association Community Theatre group. Having never attended a community theatre performance of any kind before, I was surprised. It was an entertaining evening that I would recommend to anyone who has trouble getting out and finding something new and exciting to do.

The event was held at Hartefeld Golf Club in Avondale, where about 40 people attended "Trouble at the Tropicabana," an "I Love Lucy" themed murder mystery. My better half being an "I Love Lucy" fan, as well as a fan of murder mysteries, made it a no brainier. I surprised her by getting all dressed up and taking her to the performance. It turned out to be the most fun we have had together in a long time, all while helping raise money for the theatre group.

While there we got to meet a number of people from the Oxford and Avon Grove areas, eat a good meal, and laugh at the comedic murder mystery put on before us. Though we both guessed the wrong murderer, we wouldn't hesitate to do it all over again.

Point being, if you haven't given your neighboring organizations a chance to win you over at a chicken barbeque, a pancake breakfast, or any local event designed to bring people together for a greater cause, get out there and give them a try.

Christian Schappel is the editor of the Oxford Tribune. Any questions or comments can be e-mailed to tribune@kennett.net.

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