A crowd of 500 people celebrated at the Jenna Bash festival which marked 10 years on Aug. 5 at Rockahock Campground.
The event is hosted annually by Proclaiming Grace Outreach in honor of Jenna Grace King, who died in 2008 in a car accident. She was 17 at the time and had just finished her first year at Randolph College.
This year, event introduced a dove release in memory or honor of a loved one. There was also live music, square dancers, water slides, animal adoptions and a silent auction with 200-plus items.
"It's about so much more than this event, this past year we gave out over 80,000 pounds of food to the community that far exceeds anything we thought would be possible," said executive director and King's mother Melanie King.
"God showed me there was going to be a different way to grieve. We decided we'd celebrate her birthday in a big way and that was the first Jenna Bash festival. It's kind of taken off for there," King said.
Funds raised from the event are used to benefit Proclaiming Grace's efforts to feed, clothe and do minor home repairs for residents in New Kent and James City counties.
For more information
Visit the Proclaiming Grace Outreach website, proclaiminggraceoutreach.com, to learn how to donate or get involved.