Animal Adventure Park Hosts Ava's Little Heroes Benefit

HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. -- Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville was filled with heroes Saturday.

Dozens came out in support of the second annual Ava's Little Heroes Benefit.

Proceeds from fundraising and half of admission will help a local family with a child battling a health problem.

The event was inspired by support offered to the owners of the park.

Their daughter Ava suffered complications from brain surgery at just three months old. She still battles a rare form of Epilepsy.

Jordan and Colleen Patch say they were overwhelmed by community support and wanted to pass on that act of kindness.

"My wife and I were inspired by the outpouring of support we received from the community when our daughter was having her own medical journey," Jordan said. "We really wanted to harness that and pay it forward, so that's what we've done. The first year the event was held, we raised about $10,000 for a local family." 

This year's benefit raised more than $30,000.

The money will help five families in New York and Pennsylvania.

A GoFundMe has also been set up for anyone who wants to donate to the cause.

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