Gal­lop For Gage sets Satur­day fundraiser

Dorchester Star - - Regional - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com Fol­low Caro­line/ Dorch­ester Edi­tor Dustin Holt on Twit­ter @Dustin_ Star­Dem.

EAS­TON — Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group hosts the Gal­lop For Gage fundraiser Satur­day, Oct. 21, to raise money for seven-year-old Gage Kelly of Fed­er­als­burg, who is bat­tling leukemia.

The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Glen­dale Rid­ing School, 30485 Matthew­stown Road in Eas­ton. The money raised from the event will go to­ward med­i­cal and trans­porta­tion ex­penses for Kelly.

“Gage is such a great kid,” said Richard Kim­ball of Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group. “He is a strong kid, who is fight­ing a great fight, and we want to help him and his dad with the ex­penses so they can fo­cus on Gage get­ting bet­ter.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one who has con­trib­uted to make this event pos­si­ble,” he said. “Gage is a spe­cial kid. We want to do some­thing spe­cial for him.”

The event fea­tures a horse show, a silent auc­tion and food ven­dors. The first 50 rid­ers that check in also will re­ceive a gift bag. This event is be­ing spon­sored by the Pre­ston Au­to­mo­tive Group and the Glen­dale Rid­ing School.

“Glen­dale Rid­ing School said the fa­cil­ity is ours for the day,” said event or­ga­nizer Kristin Diem. “They are out­stand­ing part­ners, and we ap­pre­ci­ate every­thing they are do­ing for us for this event for Gage. We owe a huge thank you to Molly and Jamie Foster be­cause we have ac­cess to the en­tire fa­cil­ity.”

The silent auc­tion has more than 35 items, in­clud­ing an air­plane tour of the East­ern Shore for a fam­ily of three, tick­ets to the Wash­ing­ton In­ter­na­tional Horse Show, NAS­CAR tick­ets, a base­ball ticket pack­age for the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles Mi­nor League af­fil­i­ates, gift cer­tifi­cates and more.

“A lot of ven­dors we have found are very gra­cious, do­nat­ing ei­ther all or parts of the pro­ceeds to Gage,” Diem said. “It is not just a horse show, it is a com­mu­nity event. The event is orange-themed. Come on out, dress up and hang out.”

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO BY RICHARD KIM­BALL

Gage Kelly, left, gets a look at Big­foot at Pre­ston Ford.

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