The Great Pumpkin Wall at Gerber Village!

The Great Pumpkin Wall at Gerber Village!

We have enjoyed working with Gerber Village on their Halloween Festival and are excited to spread the word about their first annual Pumpkin Wall, a benefit for Mission Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital in Western North Carolina. This month-long Pumpkin Pledge fundraising drive, open to children and adults, will culminate at their Halloween Festival on Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., in Gerber Village, when a large wall of hand-carved pumpkins – each the work of individual pledge drive participants – will be “turned on” in a show of lights.

“We’re thrilled to be the beneficiary of such a unique fundraising event,” said Leigh Ruhl, Director of Development for Mission Foundation, who oversees fundraising for Mission Children’s Hospital. “The Pumpkin Wall is a first for Asheville, and the fun and playful nature of this event makes it an ideal match for the children’s hospital.”

Area businesses, schools, churches, youth groups, neighborhoods and organizations are encouraged to form Pumpkin Pledge teams and to compete for unusual or exceptional pumpkin carving designs. Each participant or team will receive a free pumpkin, which will be displayed on the Great Pumpkin Wall, a visible representation of the pledges raised. Two after-school pumpkin carving sessions for children and adults will be held at Gerber Village on Wednesday and Thursday, October 23 and 24, with small paintable pumpkins available for very young children.

Gerber Village will match pledges raised dollar for dollar, up to the first $2,000, according to owners Mike and Lizzie Thrasher. “Ever since we started the UK’s first organic baby food company 22 years ago, Mike and I have maintained a strong interest in children’s health,” said Lizzie, “so we’re honored to be able to partner with Mission and contribute in some small way to improving healthcare for children in Western North Carolina.”

For more information on The Great Pumpkin Wall fundraiser for Mission Children’s Hospital, or to sign up online and start collecting pledges, visit, or call 828-782-5574 or email

Hope to see you there!