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September 20, 2013

UMCH Centennial Celebration is Sept. 28

MT. VERNON — The United Methodist Children's Home will honor its 100th anniversary Sept. 28 with a special centennial celebration.

All are invited to attend the festive event, which will feature campus tours, carnival games, live music, hayrides, food, an alumni reception, and much more.

“It's a way to celebrate with everyone we've come in contact with,” said Bobby Mooney, spiritual life and volunteer coordinator at UMCH. “Anybody that has an interest or investment in the children's home, we're hoping they can make time to be part of that day.”

The UMCH Friends and Family Centennial Celebration will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at the home's main campus, 2023 Richview Road in Mt. Vernon. Admission is free, but there will be vendors on hand selling food.

Mooney said the goal of the event is to provide a “fun, family atmosphere” for the public to learn more about UMCH.

The campus tours, in particular, should be of great interest to local residents who may not be familiar with all of the home's programs, Mooney said.

“I feel like it's somewhat of a rare opportunity,” Mooney said of the campus tours. “The main hope for us is they feel connected to the mission and the ministry here. … It's really just about connecting with people.”

Kay Zibby-Damron, vice president of operations for UMCH, said the celebration will be beneficial to alumni and the general public alike.

Those who lived at the home as a child will have the chance to come back and see how the facility has changed and how it's remained the same, Zibby-Damron said.

And newcomers to the home will get a glimpse of just how large the scope is of UMCH's work, she said.

“We want to share more about who we are,” Zibby-Damron said.

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