By Jill Fox
With less than a month to go, volunteer bunnies are busy hopping around preparing for the fourth annual “Egg My Lawn” event supporting the Gina Rose Montalto Memorial Foundation.
The project was created in honor of Gina, a 14-year-old victim of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, who loved children and the thrill of the hunt on Easter morning.
On Thursday, March 11, Gina’s mother, Jennifer Montalto, held a volunteer appreciation event at Deja Blue Restaurant in Parkland to personally thank participants for their hard work and dedication.
In addition to some beverages, Jennifer gave out tokens of appreciation from the Foundation, as several families brought their plastic eggs and candy donations for this year’s event.
Deja Blue is one of five community business partners with drop-off locations for this year’s donations.
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This year’s “Egg My Lawn” neighborhood event will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 3.
Organizers have made preparations to execute the fundraiser while keeping families safe. They limit the number of individuals stuffing and sorting the plastic candy-filled eggs, which will be disinfected and packaged more than 72 hours before delivery.
Residents have the choice of having the eggs hidden on their lawns, as in the past, or the “bunnies” can leave a discrete package for parents to open and hide. As always, the popular Easter bunny footprints (made using baby powder) will appear on walkways as evidence of his visit.
New this year, residents can choose to donate a set of eggs to SOS Children’s Village by simply stating it in the order form’s notes section.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked on the public relations side as well as the television side of marketing for NBC Universal. A true Floridian, Fox grew up in Ormond Beach and now resides in Parkland with her husband, Brian and their two children, Madden, 11 and Randi, 7.
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