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Celebrating Life and Legacy

Updated: Jun 10

We are thrilled to share the highlights of this year's Love of Life (LOL) Festival, an event filled with joy, community spirit, and wonderful memories. Your support has once again demonstrated the incredible power of coming together to honor Kathryn's legacy and to celebrate those we’ve lost.

The festival featured an array of activities that delighted attendees. Local and Nationwide bands provided live music, and the perfect atmosphere for dancing. The live music added a special touch to the festival, bringing everyone together in celebration. It was truly a reflection of Kathryn's vibrant spirit and her love for life. We felt her presence in every note and every smile shared throughout the day.

Food trucks offering a variety of delicious cuisines lined the venue, ensuring that everyone had something yummy to enjoy. A highlight of the event were the vendors; many local artisans showcased their work, adding a vibrant touch to the festivities.

Cornhole Tournament Success

This year marked the introduction of our first-ever cornhole tournament, and it was a hit! The competition was fierce, and the laughs were heartwarming. We are proud to announce that the tournament raised $500. Thank you to all the participants who made this opening event a success!

Silent Auction Achievements

Our silent auction was another significant highlight of the festival. We raised over $1,400 thanks to the generous donations from our local businesses, vendors, and friends. We extend our deepest gratitude to:

  • Sam's Club

  • El Ranchito

  • Joke Joint

  • Nathan Pyles

  • Briar Patch

  • Jordan Kelley

  • Eaton's Beach

  • Sloane Keats from Sweetwater Coffee Bar and Gallery

  • Golden Paws Treats and More

  • Wines for Humanity

  • Shadow Ridge Apiary

  • This & That

  • Makin' Tracks Trail Rides

  • Trees Edge Farm

  • Tom Gillgren

  • Good Time Bar & Grill

  • BJ's

  • Waterworks by V

  • Yarn Creations Galore and More

  • Gail LaLonde

Your contributions not only helped raise crucial funds but also created an engaging and exciting experience for all attendees.

Acknowledging Our Generous Sponsors 

We extend our deepest gratitude to our sponsors, without whom the Love of Life Festival would not be possible. Their generous contributions and support have been vital to the success of our event. A heartfelt thank you to:

  • 3 Boys Ranch

  • T&D Pool Construction

  • FMK Restaurant Group

  • DZ Corporation

  • Citizens First Bank

  • Pain Treatment Centers of Ocala

  • Lucky-U Cycles

Pounds Construction

Introducing Our 2024 Scholarship Recipient: Nicholas Saucier

We are delighted to announce Nicholas Saucier as the recipient of the 2024 Kathryn Leigh Thurgaland Memorial Scholarship. Nicholas recently graduated from The Villages High School and plans to attend Santa Fe Community College, where he will pursue his passions in Horticulture and Writing.

Nicholas is a talented and dedicated artist, writer, and musician. His teachers and mentors have praised his creativity, work ethic, and leadership in fostering an artistic community at his school. Nicholas embodies the values and spirit of Kathryn Leigh Thurgaland, making him a perfect recipient of this scholarship. We are confident that he will continue to excel and make valuable contributions to the artistic community.

Sponsee Updates

We are excited to share updates from our previous scholarship recipients, who continue to make remarkable strides in their respective fields:

  • Logan Hammer: Currently pursuing his education in engineering at UCF, Logan recently launched a rocket he built this past semester and received a Level 1 High Powered Rocketry Certification. His rocket reached a max altitude of 2325 ft and a max speed of 400 mph, and was recovered with a parachute-assisted landing.

  • Duncan Blackstock: Duncan is pursuing music education at Belmont University. During his summer break, he is interning with The Villages Sales Marketing Team.  He returns to Nashville for his Jr year this fall.

  • Anna Brock: After successfully finishing her freshman year at Liberty University, Anna is interning this summer at Shadow Mountain in San Diego.

  • Matia Prescott: Matia is living the working the graduate life downtwon in NYC.

To everyone who attended, volunteered, donated, and supported the Love of Life Festival, we say a heartfelt thank you. Your dedication helps us continue our mission of supporting families in need and providing scholarships to deserving students.

With gratitude,

The Kathryn Leigh Thurgaland Foundation 

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