ALBANY, NY TO BE THE HOME OF THE SECOND “PINK RIBBON GARDEN PROJECT” BY LIBBY’S LEGACY BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION AND GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, MELISSA ETHERIDGE.
Albany, NY. (October 3, 2018)) – Libby's Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, in partnership with singer/songwriter/Breast Cancer survivor Melissa Etheridge, will be breaking ground on the second “Pink Ribbon Garden Project” in the United States on donated property in Christmas Land on Oct.14, 2018.
Studies show that eating healthy can reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence significantly in breast cancer survivors. Unfortunately, for patients who are underserved and living in lower income settings, healthy food can be difficult to obtain. The organic shared garden idea was born through collaboration and a desire to bring clean eating and healthy foods to breast cancer patients. Breast Cancer survivors will oversee the garden, harvest produce which will provide healthy food for their families and the families of patients currently undergoing treatment.
“Food equality for low-income survivors needs to be unlocked and the Pink Ribbon Garden Project is the key,” said Robin Maynard-Harris, Founder of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation. “It’s a great way for survivors to not only help themselves eat healthier, but to help others because for each bag of fresh food they harvest, another is donated to someone currently in treatment through the grow one, give one model.”
Currently, the “Pink Ribbon Garden Project” has a successful garden located in Orlando, FL, and it consists of a a 29’ x 17’ raised bed garden box in the shape of an awareness ribbon. Plans for the third garden have been approved for a location in Nashville, TN.
“I’m really excited to be bringing this to upstate NY,” said Melissa Etheridge, Co-Founder and Grammy Award winner. “We looked at some of the breast cancer statistics in the area and saw a true need for this type of project. I’m happy it’s home to garden number two in what we hope to be many more to come.”
The group will break ground on October 14, 2018 with the first harvest in the spring of 2019. The project has already received praise throughout the community and an outpouring of support. Sponsorship is provided by SEFCU, Albany Med, Lowe’s, MVP Heath Care, Christmas Land, G Foxx Properties and Tobin & Dunshee, LLP.
All media are invited to attend the official breaking ground event.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Christmas Land, 3068 Furbeck Road, Alamont, NY
About Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation:
The Mission of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation is to provide comprehensive services to the underserved through education, mammograms, and patient navigation on the journey from diagnosis to survivorship with the compassion to ensure no one fights alone.
Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation is a 501c3. For more information, visit http://libbyslegacy.org/
The Pink Ribbon Garden Project, located in Orlando, Florida
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We had another wonderful weekend at Christmas Land. Maddy Hicks opened the weekend with a singing of the national anthem.
As always, there were plenty of crafty, creative activities for the kids!
Our sleigh ride had some snow on the ground for the weekend!
Santa said hello to everyone that stopped by!
We had another fabulous weekend at Christmas Land! Thank you to everyone who came out!
There were crafts galore and story time for the kids!
Christmas songs were sung!
Not even snow could stop Frankie the Christmas Land Train!
Sleigh rides were an absolute delight!
Santa greeted everyone with a smile!
It was another successful weekend at Christmas Land!
There are always great crafts to do!
Wonderful Christmas music filled the air!
Santa was there to see all the children... and the grown-ups too!
Many people enjoyed a sleigh ride!
It was a fun weekend for all!
Kate Kostaboki opened the weekend with the singing of the national anthem.
Everyone enjoyed a ride on our brand new Frankie the Christmas Land Train!
There were plenty of kids activities to fill the day!
Santa was there to greet all who stopped by to see him!
Our horse drawn sleigh ride was a delight for the whole family!
What a fun opening weekend at Christmas Land!
Very excited that our grand opening is only 20 days away !! The eleves have been working diligently to make this year a very special experience for all of you !
I’m thrilled to let you all know today ...our awesome 25ft flag pole was installed ! Each day at noon ...we will be kicking off the day with the singing of the national anthem !
If you would like to sing it one of the days at noon ..please private message me !!
God bless America !❤️🎄😀
Happy Sunday All!!
We can't believe the last weekend of Christmas Land 2016 has come and gone. Thank you to all of those who came out to support us this holiday season! Also, a huge thank you to our staff for making this a magical event!
We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and happy new year! We can't wait to see you all again for Christmas Land 2017!
Thank you so much to all who came out to Christmas land on our last day of the Season on Sunday. It truly was the North Pole up there but that didn't stop you! Friends, family & new friends attended in droves regardless of the tundra going on. Thank you to all of you who came and visited over the past month; thousands of wonderful people attended!
It's crazy to think that almost exactly a year ago Paula and I were watching a Hallmark movie called Christmas Land. When the movie ended we looked at each other and said, "hey, let's start our own Christmas land. The world needs something positive and we want to go back to how Christmas was when we were young and growing up in a small town."
We then said, where can we hold this event the first year? We are so grateful that Lou, the owner of Altamont Vineyard and my friend’s dad who I have known for 26 years, said we could hold our event there!
We honestly had no idea who would come, or if people would come each weekend, but we quickly realized that many people thought the same way we did and were looking for someplace positive and non-commercial to bring there children. Where we can say Merry Christmas and be in a positive space!
We are thrilled that as we began planning Christmas Land JJ Devito caught wind of it in September and he and his wife Suzanne wanted to be a part of it! You two are the best and we love you.
Thanks again to all our fabulous Christmas Land visitors! Also, we want to give a huge thanks to our staff and all of our vendors. And a special thanks to our own families for all of the amazing support!
Thanks so much to Lou the owner of the vineyard for allowing us to hold this event at the Vineyard and thanks to Mike for all your assistance. We really appreciate it!
Thank you to Paul Radziwicz who kindly let us borrow his sheds for our store and Santa's shack. He was a total stranger when I rang his doorbell because there were sheds on his lawn. He and his wife are two of the kindest people & they actually showed us what the spirit of Christmas is.
Thanks to Michael Rosenthal of Today's Limousine for donating your Limo and driver to bring the kids and families from the Ronald McDonald house to Christmas Land for some much needed fun.
Thank you Santa for coming all the way from the North Pole to be with us. You Rock!
Thank you to the fabulous Christmas Guys for doing our lights.
Thanks Maria Vartanian, our awesome decorator! You are the best!
Thanks again to our awesome staff! And a special thanks to my three daughters who were there every single day we were open, even with college finals going on!
As you can see, it takes a village.
We are se excited to begin planning Phase II of Christmas Land on our own land! There will be more details to follow soon and throughout the year so keep your eyes on our website and Facebook page for all the latest.
Our first year was a big success because of all of you! We cannot wait till 2017!
Merry Christmas to all!
Michelle & Paula - Co-Founders
Suzanne & JJ - Members