More than 200 people attended the fifth annual Harvest in the Hills fundraiser and membership drive Nov. 9 for the St. Francisville Area Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to protect, restore and enhance the natural beauty, cultural charm and quality of life in the Felicianas, according to the foundation’s executive director, Lauren Field.
The St. Francisville Area Foundation was created in 1998 by the West Feliciana Community Development Foundation as its charitable, philanthropic arm.
Projects of the foundation include Tunica Hills State Preservation Area, Julius Freyhand Foundation and Gateways and Corridors Master Plan, to name a few.
Solitude Air Strip, a private air strip on the grounds of a country retreat nestled in the hills of West Feliciana, served as the site of the fundraising event for the second year, Field said.
“Harvest in the Hills featured a catered culinary spread, generous libations, music by The Fugitive Poets, exciting flyovers by WWII-era T-6 trainers and a live auction for a ride in a P-51 Mustang,” Field said.
Two generous donors tied in their bids to ride in a WWII-era plane named Charlotte’s Chariot II.
The two highest bidders, event host Glenn Solomon and guest Z.
Dave DeLoach, were flown by Charlotte’s Chariot owner Dan Fordice, founder of the Warrior Bonfire Project.
Fordice, known for searching for ways to serve and help veterans suffering from injuries both physical and mental, founded the Warrior Bonfire Project in 2012.
Fordice served for 13 years in the U.S. Army and the Mississippi National Guard.
The Warrior Bonfire Project provides emotional support and healing for Purple Heart Veterans through activity based, stress-free environments that promote camaraderie and therapeutic healing, according to Fordice.
Half of the proceeds from the Harvest in the Hills auction were donated to Fordice’s Warrior Bonfire Project, also the designated charity of the St. Francisville Area Foundation.
Since the summer of 2005, the foundation has functioned as an independent body governed by a nine-member board of directors that includes Dorcas Brown, chairman; Missy Higgins, treasurer; Donna Wright, secretary; and Doug Cochran, Susan Davis, Mark Drennen, Rob Field, Bryan McClendon, Jim Roland and Rev. Olton Scott as board members at large, with Field serving as executive director.
For information about the St. Francisville Area Foundation, visit www.stfrancisvilleaf.org.
For information about the Warrior Bonfire Project, visit www.warriorbonfireproject.org.