First Annual Fall Benefit

A Wine Tour of Italy will take place on Thursday, November 1, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Forest Yacht Club (35 Yacht Club Drive, Lake Hopatcong). This special event is sponsored by Rebecca’s Homestead, Inc.

The evening will feature a sampling of hors d’oeuvres, a trio of wine tastings from the Veneto region of Italy presented by Sommelier Francis X. Mastrangelo, and event-inspired music performed by Jose Pomales and Abigail Blazovic. Guests are encouraged to enjoy an autumn-themed photo booth (free) and a wine pull ($20 donation per bottle).

Tickets at $65 per person (21 and older only; no exceptions) are available through Eventbrite. All proceeds will help to purchase property for Rebecca’s Homestead.

The concept for Rebecca’s Homestead was inspired by the oldest daughter of longtime Oak Ridge residents and Homestead Sprinkler owners, Dennis and Michele Elmers. The goal is to create an inclusive and sustainable community for adults affected with developmental disabilities by providing housing, training, and a self-sufficient lifestyle through onsite farming and hospitality employment opportunities.

Initial plans for Rebecca’s Homestead include the conversion of a rural farm with a residential facility. There is also a barn that, in the future, may be rented for special events, as well as a horse stable and chickens. Stable space will be available to rent and the eggs will be available for sale to aid in the residents’ living expenses.

The need for residential programs like Rebecca’s Homestead is great in New Jersey and beyond. Currently, more than 8,000 adults affected by disabilities are awaiting housing in New Jersey – and there are more adults who do not even qualify for the state’s waiting list.

The Elmers have a dream to provide a more secure and positive future for Rebecca and her friends. The new Homestead will become a residence and training facility for developmentally disabled adults. They will receive continuing training and support in order to contribute to the daily operations of the farm. Their families will also have peace of mind through their loved ones’ self-sufficient lifestyle through hospitality and farming.

For more details or to become an event sponsor, visit Rebecca’s Homestead on Facebook page or email Rebeccas.Homestead.NJ@gmail.com.

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