When a community comes together, they can change the world. Local agricultural business, Cherrylake, is opening the gates of its farm this month for two community events, each aiming to make a difference that will be felt throughout South Lake County.

The first event, which offered runners the choice of a 5k, 10k, or Duathalon race, took place on February 3rd and aimed to promote not only a healthy community but a healthy environment as well. Runners experienced the iconic rolling hills of Cherrylake’s 1,000-acre farm (located right outside of Clermont) while they took on the clay running terrains through natural lakes and endless rows of trees. Cherrylake estimated over 250 participants in the races.

In honor of each participant, Cherrylake donated a tree to be planted at the North Shore of Lake Apopka as part of their restoration efforts to be enjoyed for many generations to come. All proceeds from the races will benefit 1,000 Friends of Florida, an environmental and sustainability advocacy group that promotes water management, smart growth and environmental conservation for the State of Florida.

On February 24, the second event, Jazz at the Park, whisks guests back in time to the 1920s for a memorable night underneath the stars inspired by the golden age of jazz, the Charleston, and Fitzgerald’s Gatsby. The sparkling evening of live music, dinner, drinks, and community,  supports Cornerstone Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation, a non-profit hospice which provides the highest quality of end-of-life services to anyone in need; regardless of their ability to pay.

Last year, Cornerstone provided critical end-of-life services for more than 6,000 individuals and their families. Information and tickets can be purchased at cherrylake.com/jazzatthepark.