Nana's 'crow helps give children a loving home


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Molly Doroban of Suntree with daughters Sadie, 1, and Harper, 3, get a sneak peek at Nana Likes to Crow with Nana's House founder Kim Frodge, left, and scarecrow designer Melanie Delman.The creation will be among 36 artistic, creative scarecrows along a route across the greater Viera/Suntree area Oct. 6 through 20 and then moved to the Viera Voice Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival Oct. 22 at The Avenue Viera.

photo by linda wiggins

There could not be a better time to name Nana's House as the charity to benefit from the Viera Voice Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival this month. The faith-based charity takes in children as an alternative to placement in the state foster care system.

The virtually all-vounteer effort is in the middle of construction of an eight-home community with a shared multipurpose building in West Melbourne to expand capacity to 40 children, and a number of the structures are being built by custom home builders who are part of building boom of homes and businesses in Viera. Also, the Nana's House mission is a favorite among donors, volunteers and church missions across the Viera/Suntree area.

“We really want to blow the lid off anything we have done before to benefit the community,” said Jill Blue-Gaines, founder and CEO of the expo, marketing and media firm Bluewater Creative Group that publishes Viera Voice, sister newspaper Senior Life and its annual Boomer Guide.

“We want people to enjoy coming around to all 36 artistic, creative scarecrows and schoolcrows on the mapped route, and ultimately we want people to buy these scarecrows for as much money as possible in the silent auction because every dollar goes to give these children a safe, healthy home.” Proceeds from schoolcrows go to benefit their schools.

The event is in two parts. The first part is the Scarecrow Stroll across the Viera/Suntree community from Oct. 6 to 20. Attendees take a ballot map, which is inserted in this month's Viera Voice and at locations along the stroll, and check out each 'crow. They must prove the in-person visit by jotting down a secret code on the ballot posted at each 'crow location. Once completed, attendees drop the ballot at one of four ballot locations and are entered for prizes that include a year of visits to Sky Zone trampoline park valued at $1,800 or a four-pack of tickets to LEGOLAND Florida.

The second part of the event is the Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 at The Avenue Viera, to which the scarecrows will be moved for display and put up for auction at the end of the event.

The Nana's House scarecrow, named Nana Likes to Crow, tells the story of the charity's mission in more ways than one.

First, it depicts a “Nana” scarecrow sitting in a chair with a child sitting on her lap in a loving embrace.

“That's what makes this work, that our houseparents love these children and are totally committed volunteers with a passion to heal the children in their care,” said Kim Frodge, Nana's house founder and volunteer executive director. “We are so excited to be able to illustrate our mission personally to so many families on the Scarecrow Stroll and really excited to benefit our children with the proceeds of the scarecrow auction.”

Second, all of the materials used to make the completely-from-scratch creation were obtained at the Nana's House thrift cottages, located at 2540 Malabar Road and 2715 Garden Street in Malabar.

“I didn't want to just illustrate the mission of Nana's House,” said Nana's House volunteer Melanie Delman, the artist who designed the Nana-and-child 'crow, ”but also promote the great thrift stores that help us to run the operations with no government assistance of any kind.” 

Third, the location of the Nana 'crow shines a light on the first builder to step forward and build one of the homes as a donation, Christopher Burton Luxury Homes, a popular builder of homes across Viera. The 'crow will be hosted at a Burton new home model in the Wyndham community in west Viera.

Other donor builders of the nine structures, whose foundations are now being poured, include Stanley Homes, D&M Enterprise, LifeStyle Homes, MH Williams Construction and George Construction (three homes) and Beachland Construction. VV

For more information on the Viera Voice Scarecrow Stroll & Harvest Festival, go to VieraVoice.com/scarecrow-stroll or call 321-242-1235. For more information on Nana's House, go to nanaschildrenshome.com or call 321-724-5111.