By: Elizabeth Moody

On Saturday, April 6 in Oakland, Tennessee, Canale Farms hosted its first annual event to raise money for Le Bonheur. Named after the music festival Bonnaroo, LeBonheuRoo is a family-friendly festival with activities for all ages such as bingo, rock climbing, fishing, pony rides, and wagon rides. Families enjoyed a barbecue buffet and MemPops food truck. Entertainment included live music in the barn by School of Rock, local band The Hummingbirds, and Nashville band My Other Job. The Hummingbirds singer Evie Fowler is proud to support Le Bonheur and says, “They are doing incredible things there every day for the kids and it means so much to think that we may have helped with that in a small way.” Proceeds from the tickets and auctions go to support the children’s hospital.  

The mission of Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital is to provide high quality, cost-effective care for patients and their families centered on the principles of The United Methodist Church. Their focus is to be the leader in children’s health care in the Mid-South by providing care, research, and advocacy to children’s health.

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital greatly improves the Memphis area because it is important to care for the children today who will be leading the world in the future. Events such as LeBonheuRoo raise awareness and support for positive change in Memphis. The afternoon showed me that when a large group of people come together to support one cause, they can accomplish great things. I encourage you to participate in this festival next year because it will not only be an enjoyable afternoon, but also benefits the lives of children.