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The Ashland County Council on Aging will host the Spreading Hope for New Beginnings drive-thru senior health information fundraiser on Wednesday, June 16th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ashland County Fairgrounds.

ASHLAND -- The Ashland County Council on Aging will host the Spreading Hope for New Beginnings drive-thru senior health information fundraiser on Wednesday, June 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Ashland County Fairgrounds.

In the Fall of 2020, the Ashland County Council on Aging hosted a Halloween drive-thru event at the Fairgrounds, which was well-received by local seniors. Following the same style of the autumn event, the nonprofit hopes to find the same success with this drive-thru fundraiser.

Tickets cost $3 per person and can be purchased at the Ashland County Council on Aging. Each attendee will receive a bagged lunch.

“Historically, the Council on Aging does a Health Fair for seniors at Ashland University every year; one side of the convocation center is vendors, and the other side is a sit-down hot meal," said Amy Noel, Ashland County Council on Aging board member and Kingston Hospital Liaison and Marketing Director. "Because of COVID, they did not get to do the event last year or this year.

"So, because of that, I thought, ‘What could we do to give back to seniors in Ashland seniors that is fun and safe?’

Patrons will not physically exit their car but will still get to interact with the various vendors. The event will take place rain or shine.

Participants will enter Gate 1 at the Fairgrounds, drive past the Grandstand, and then they will exit out of Gate 5 on Baney Road after receiving their meal and other handouts.

All the profits go to the Ashland County Council on Aging. The organization aims to use the profits to resurface the dining room chairs that the seniors utilize at the council when they eat their provided hot meals.

“To me, I think it is fun to give back to the seniors," Noel said. "Anyone can come, but they have to have a ticket.

"We are trying to avoid people buying tickets at the gate for two reasons: it will back up traffic on Claremont (Avenue), and we want to have enough meals prepared ahead of time.”

The Ashland County Council on Aging serves over 450 meals a day to area seniors. The deadline to purchase tickets for the drive thru is June 8.

For questions or further inquiries, community members can contact the Ashland County Council on Aging by calling 419-281-1477.

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