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Amazing Grace show part of local fundraiser

Steve Foster and his mule Amazing Grace are shown during a performance in 2009. The Amazing Grace Mule Show will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday during the Delta Rho chapter fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the local Camp Fantastic. The fundraiser takes place at 4796 Reliance Road. Andrew Thayer/Daily file (Buy photo)

By Kim Walter

The Delta Rho chapter in Front Royal is presenting a family friendly event on Saturday to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the local Camp Fantastic.

The event, to take place at 4796 Reliance Road, will feature music, food and the award- winning Amazing Grace Mule Show by Steve Foster.

Live country, blue grass and gospel music will begin at noon, followed by the Amazing Grace show at 2 p.m. Dinner will follow at 5 p.m.

Delta Rho is a chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International, a service organization that provides philanthropic events and projects to positively impact local communities and organizations.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is the local chapter's current priority. All funds raised by Delta Rho go straight to the hospital, as well as the locally provided Camp Fantastic.

Camp Fantastic, held each summer at the Northern Virginia 4-H Center in Front Royal, gives children who have battled or are currently battling cancer the chance to have a traditional camp experience.

Fae Campbell, Delta Rho's president, said she joined many years ago as a way to give back.

"I had my two children, and it got to the point where I was ready to get involved in something positive, something that made a difference," she said. "Being a part of Delta Rho has been so wonderful for me, and I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish over the years."

The chapter has held many fundraisers -- golf tournaments, bingo, sales -- to benefit St. Jude's and Camp Fantastic. It also supports two scholarships for graduating students at Warren County and Skyline high schools.

However, members are hoping that Saturday's event will be one of the biggest fundraisers yet.

Foster is providing the location and offering his mule show to Delta Rho free of charge. Foster's famous mule has been named "America's Ultimate Horse Idol," and has appeared on the NBC Today Show and "Only In America with Larry the Cable Guy."

Most recently, Grace had a role in the movie "Get Low" starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray.

Alice Hudson, a Delta Rho member, said the mule show is "one of a kind."

"She plays basketball, does tricks and even paints," she said. The mule's paintings will be auctioned off during the event to further benefit St. Jude's and Camp Fantastic.

Hudson said she also joined Delta Rho to give back. Her husband, a cancer survivor, inspired her to help children going through the illness.

She's volunteered at Camp Fantastic several times.

"Seeing those children kind of makes you realize that things aren't so bad," she said. "Here they are battling cancer, yet they're running around happy as can be."

Hudson said she hopes the all-day, family friendly event will draw a large crowd.

Tickets, which can be purchased at the gate, are $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Children 3 yearsold and under get in for free.

For more information, contact Fae Campbell at 540-636-6025.

Contact staff writer Kim Walter at 540-465-5137 ext. 191, or kwalter@nvdaily.com

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