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September 27, 2016 · OPINION

Warrenton Ruritans express appreciation for support

The cast of “A Practically Perfect Day with Mary Poppins and Friends,” which raised funds for groups the Warrenton Ruritan Club supports.
For more than 30 years, the Warrenton Ruritan Club has featured an annual summer benefit show to help fund non-profit organizations in Fauquier County that support children with developmental disabilities, scholarships for deserving Fauquier students and groups as diverse as the Fauquier Family Shelter, the Warrenton Volunteer Fire Co. and the Fauquier Master Gardeners.

With roots tracing back 50 years, the Warrenton Ruritan Club has a strong history as a civic organization committed to enhancing the quality of life within the community. The pavilion at Rady Park, U.S. Flags for the Head Start program, funds for the region’s first boundless playground and soccer balls for athletes with disabilities are all reminders of the positive impact the Warrenton Ruritan Club has had, and continues to make, on Fauquier County.

The club receives donations for the benefit shows from friends and neighbors throughout the county who share the Ruritans’ vison of providing quality family entertainment, while raising funds to help support the mission of fellowship, goodwill and community service. Children from programs such as Special Olympics, TOPSoccer and Head Start, as well as other special guests from veterans’ groups and senior citizens, are invited to attend the benefit show free of charge.

In July, the Ruritan club’s benefit show featured the Fauquier Community Theatre in an entertaining, family-friendly original production, “A Practically Perfect Day with Mary Poppins and Friends” that had the special guests singing along and dancing in the aisles.

“It was a tremendous success,” club President John Shiflett said. “A special thanks to the Ruritan organizers John Wayland, John Reid and John Schlenker, Fauquier Community Theatre Executive Director Christie Clark, the amazing cast and, most of all, our friends that support our efforts by accepting our phone calls for pledges and sending in their generous donations.”

The next benefit show will take place Saturday, Dec. 3. The Ruritans and the organizations they assist are grateful to the more than 600 Fauquier families that support the club’s programs with their donations.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Warrenton Ruritan Club, membership, sponsorship opportunities or how to receive free tickets to future shows can visit their website at or send a message to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .
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