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Chester County  Food Bank and Abby Miller Foundation to benefit from Brandywine Valley Summer Series

Two area worthy causes will benefit from the Brandywine Valley Summer Series, which starts today in Devon.

Voted “Horse Show of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Horse Show Association, the event will donate proceeds to the Chester County Food

The Brandywine Valley Summer Series will donate funds to the Chester County Food Bank and the Abby Miller Foundation.

Bank and the Abby Miller Foundation. It will feature the country’s top hunter, jumper and equitation horse and riders competing for  honors at the Devon show grounds on Route 30 from June 27 to July 1 and July 4-8.

The mission of the show, which is sponsored by Taylor Harris Insurance Services, is to provide ‘AA’ quality competition that highlights the participation of our local community, organizers said. The Food Bank will be the beneficiary during the first week followed by the Abby Miller Foundation the second week of competition.

The Chester County Food Bank is the hub of a network of over 65 food cupboards and feeding sites that aim to assist the approximately 70,000 people in the state’s richest county who are struggling. To meet those needs, the Food Bank depends on volunteers and donations. It grows produce on 18 acres around the county, and over 40 farms participate in its gleaning program, donating surplus fruits and vegetables. The Food Bank has also planted hundreds of raised bed gardens at sites such as schools and churches.

The Abby Miller Foundation has been working to promote teen-driving safety. It was founded by Brian and Cheri Miller of Kennett Square in honor of their daughter, Abby, who died in a 2008 car accident attributed to inexperienced driving. The Millers have been strong advocates for returning driver’s education to school curriculums, and, to date, they have donated a dozen, high-tech, $15,000 driving simulators to Unionville and Garnet Valley High Schools.

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