people can join a patriotic party to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day, at Ironstone Farm’s Spirit of Giving Gala on Saturday, Nov. 10. The bash is Ironstone Farm’s major fundraiser of the year, supporting the nonprofit programs in Andover that provide therapy and educational programs for children with special needs, returning veterans and others.
This year’s Great Gala honors former WBZ-TV journalist, pastor and activist Liz Walker and Home Base veterans program Executive Director Jack Hammond for their spirit of giving and tremendous contributions in the community at large and to Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit programs specifically.
Known for its willingness to reinvent itself each year, Ironstone Farm’s gala annually delivers something unexpected. This year’s patriotic, USO-extravaganza-style event will allow for unique entertainment and theme. The party begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Billy Costa will serve as master of ceremonies. Live music will entertain the crowd. Dinner, live and silent auctions for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and a raffle for stunning jewelry are among the activities. Formal gala attire, including black-tie, is encouraged. Or people may wear their military uniforms or sport red, white and blue dress and accessories.
All the money raised supports Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit programs. Ironstone Farm, on Route 133 in Andover, provides therapy for children and adults with special needs, people diagnosed with cancer, veterans who have experienced trauma, families and teens at risk from violence, elders with memory issues and people recovering from addiction – using the healing connection of horses and the farm environment. This year, Ironstone is turning its original farmhouse into a Veterans Center to allow veterans and their families to stay at the farm for weekend retreats.
IF YOU GO
What: Fundraiser for Andover nonprofit Challenge Unlimited at Ironstone Farm
When: Saturday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.
Where: Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell
Theme: 100th anniversary of Veterans Day/Armistice Day
Honorees: Liz Walker and Jack Hammond
More details: Live music, live auction, games, silent auction, raffle for Elyse Fine Jewelers, dinner by Lenzi’s, complimentary valet parking