WEST CHESTER (October 22) – State Senator Andy Dinniman recently joined volunteers from the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour in presenting a check for $ 15,500 to the Chester County Food Bank.

“It is great to see the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour continue to grow as it provides vital support to the Chester County Food Bank,” Dinniman said. “I want to thank all the volunteers and residents who opened up their homes and yards to share with us their picturesque ponds, winding streams and lush gardens.”

Pictured (from left to right): Larry Welsch, executive director of the Chester County Food Bank; Tammy Knutson, pond tour organizer; Jason Turpin, pond tour president; Senator Dinniman; Carole Smith of Turpin Landscaping and Chad Turpin of Turpin Landscaping.

Pictured (from left to right): Larry Welsch, executive director of the Chester County Food Bank; Tammy Knutson, pond tour organizer; Jason Turpin, pond tour president; Senator Dinniman; Carole Smith of Turpin Landscaping and Chad Turpin of Turpin Landscaping.

Jason Turpin, co-founder of Turpin Landscaping and president of the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour, said that the business and its staff members look forward to giving back to the community through the annual event.

“This is our way of giving back,” he said. “We have grown our business here and we are invested in the community. Over the past five years, we have raised more than $65,000 for the Chester County Food Bank.  The pond tour is something we have fun doing and we look forward to it each summer.”

In July, tour officials led a two-day tour of more than 35 homes across Chester County where attendees got to see some of the region’s most heralded backyards and water gardens.

In all,  $15,500 was raised through ticket sales for the tour, which concluded with a barbeque dinner and silent auction. Each year, the Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour offers an opportunity to visit the homes of local residents and neighbors who have created beautiful waterscapes in their backyards. The tour benefits the Chester County Food Bank and Gleaning Program, which supports local food banks and provides fresh, healthy foodstuffs to those in need.

Dinniman, who helped establish the Chester County Food Bank and Gleaning Program more than 15 years ago, said he was impressed by the number  of supporters who have gotten involved in the highly successful community partnership.

“The people of Chester County continue to step forward to answer the call of their neighbors in need and find new ways to address the problem of hunger,” Dinniman said. “The pond tour is one great example of this, and it’s really caught on as an annual summer event in the region. I also want to thank Chad and Jason Turpin and the staff of Turpin Landscaping for all of their hard work on behalf of the Chester County Food Bank.”

Next year’s Brandywine Valley Water Garden Tour is set for July 25 and 26. Those interested in volunteering or supporting the 2015 event should contact Turpin Landscaping, Inc. at (610) 380-1119.

For more information on the tour visit www.brandywinepondtour.com.

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