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Monday June 16th, 2014
Wilmington, Delaware

Celebrating “Healthy Futures” and Delaware Week of Service and Volunteerism at the Blue Ball Barn

As our celebrity cyclists, Myron and Cathy Skott rolled in from the East Coast Greenway, the Cabot Community Tour was in full swing, welcoming more than 175 guests—grown-ups and kids—to the Blue Ball Barn in Alopacas State Park, Wilmington, DE, on Monday evening, June 16, to celebrate Healthy Futures and Delaware Week of Service. Our partners, Volunteer Delaware, and Delaware Parks and Rec, threw one fine party in an awe-inspiring venue—in a former life, a dairy barn—how appropriate!

Nat Measley from the Fun Company kept the activity moving along with games for kids and DJ tunes, in addition to emceeing the event. The Cabot Farmers’ Gratitude Grille team, Mark Hackett and Cindy Stoker, led by Chef Jimmy Kennedy, provided inspired appetizers.

First Lady of Delaware, Carla Markell, the driving force behind the Delaware Week of Service, offered remarks, thanking both Cabot and the volunteers, as did Cabot’s Director of Marketing, Amy Levine. Rita Landgref, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Service joined us to offer thanks. We were thrilled to also welcome John Walsh, Cabot Celebrity Volunteer 2012, who lives in Rehoboth Beach. Also thank you to Andy Hamilton of East Coast Greenway Alliance for his remarks and support.

Honored volunteers included those from Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County and Nemours Children’s Health System.

Eighteen vendors were represented, including Cabot partner, AARP. Attendees were asked to have a special card punched by each vendor to encourage interaction, and the hall was buzzing. The cards were used to choose random winners of some great prizes!

Sampling of Cabot’s new Legacy line of cheddars was enormously popular, and everyone agreed that it was tough to choose a favorite. Cheese not consumed by our guests was donated to Sojourners’ Home, “Hope for the Homeless, Light for the Journey”, by Delaware Parks & Rec’s Judi Jeffers—A Random Act of Cheddar that makes us smile. Thanks, Judi!

We are so grateful to Volunteer Delaware’s Guadalupe Murphy, Carrie Hart, and Clare Garrison for onsite coordination and all-around good vibes. And thank you, ShopRite for their signature Sweet Potato Cake and cupcakes.

About the Tour

The 2014 Cabot Community Tour is a celebration of the work of cooperatives, service organizations, and volunteers and honors our 1200 farm family owners’ three most cherished principals: Cooperatives, Community and Volunteerism. From May 17 through June 21, the Tour is following a route along the East Coast Greenway, stopping at cities and towns along the way, meeting with organizations and their volunteers and honoring the work that goes into making a healthy, vibrant, and sustainable community.

Supporting the tour is the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille, a traveling kitchen conceived by the farm families who own Cabot. Cabot chefs prepare healthy, delicious meals as a way of thanking those who generously give their time to others in their communities.

Our farmers understand the value of volunteerism, and how donating time and services make communities stronger and healthier. Interested volunteers who can’t join us on the Cabot Community Tour can still get involved by visiting the Reward Volunteers website, and downloading the free Reward Volunteers iPhone app, or using the online web widget. Reward Volunteers is a free, easy way to track the time you spend volunteering in your community – and to earn rewards for yourself and the organizations you serve.

The 2014 Community Tour was created by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and its fellow sponsors and supporters, including: AARP Create the Good, East Coast Greenway, HandsOn Network, Marriott, National Life Group, and local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity.

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