Will’s Carnival for a Cause turnout, support ‘extraordinary’

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The Pipe Race drew plenty of participants during Will’s Carnival for a Cause. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

LAUREL – A gray, windy day was not about to spoil Will Kenney’s mission to support the Sturge Weber Foundation.

“It has been extraordinary,” said the 13-year-old Gumboro youth as the second Will’s Carnival for a Cause entered the final-hour homestretch.

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Will Kenney is pictured with Miss Delaware Brooke Mitchell, who attended Will’s Carnival for a Cause Saturday at Chick Berry Farms. (Special to the Sussex County Post).

Chick Berry Farms between Millsboro and Laurel was alive in carnival atmosphere Saturday afternoon as hundreds of children and parents flocked to the fun-in-fundraising event that featured games, a petting zoo, pony and duck train rides, bounce house, food, music, an auction and more.

More than 3,000 prizes – stuffed animals and the likes – were claimed by winners in a variety of games, many of them homemade by Will, family and friends.

Chick-fil-A’s cow mascot graced the carnival grounds.

Live animals, including a family of goats and a pony ride, were big hits with kids, too.

Bidders in silent auction mode took written shots at leaving with more than 100 donated items.

Hunger pangs were pacified with hot dogs, Hocker’s barbeque and The Frozen Farmer ice cream treats.

Reigning First State royalty – Miss Delaware 2015 Brooke Mitchell of Selbyville – made an appearance.

So did Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, who made a big splash in the dunking booth – as did Will’s coaches with the Millsboro Middle School football team.

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Volunteers guide real horsepower in the pony ride at Will’s Carnival for a Cause.

“I dunked Rob Arlett,” said Will. “He was very nice.”

“Will is an amazing young man and I was truly honored to be there to help out,” said Mr. Arlett.

Will’s mother Sandy Kenney said Saturday’s turnout was incredible and the event was a huge success.

The hopeful expectation late Saturday night was that the event may have nearly doubled last year’s carnival, which raised $5,600 for the Sturge Weber Foundation – and awareness.

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Sussex County Councilman Rob Arlett, a volunteer for the dunking booth at Will’s Carnival for a Cause, meets Stella Hastings, a 3-year-old Millsboro girl who has a mild form of Sturge Weber syndrome. At right is Will Kenney, who with plenty of volunteer help planned the carnival that organizers anticipate raised more than $10,000 for the Sturge Weber Foundation.

“We want to do a recount … to make sure, but it looks like a little over $10,000,” said Ms. Kenney.

Will’s personal connection to Sturge Weber is his good friend Stella Hastings, a 3-year-old Millsboro girl who has a mild form of the rare, congenital neurological/skin disorder often associated with port-wine facial stains, glaucoma, seizures and development issues.

Will extended thanks to the community and businesses for their support and to the many volunteers.

“All of the volunteers have put in so much work and so much effort into today,” said Will. “And I am so grateful to everybody that came.”

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Karley Jestice holds a baby goat as it gets plenty of loving attention in the petting zoo. (Sussex County Post/Glenn Rolfe).

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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