The Jerome United Methodist Church will hold a fall benefit from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

The Jerome United Methodist Church will hold a fall benefit from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9.

Games and activities for both adults and children will be featured, including a dunk tank, a photo booth and a silent auction. A farmers market and a baked-goods table will be offered, along with a chili cook-off and a pie-judging contest. The Scioto Ridge Boys will entertain from 4-5 p.m.

Proceeds of this year’s benefit will be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital in honor of Mark Burkholder and Aaron Moore. Both men were involved in serious accidents in 2010.

Burkholder sustained a traumatic brain injury as a result of a skateboard accident in August 2010. After spending six months in Nationwide Children’s Hospital, he returned to school and is now a Dublin Jerome High School junior. He is able to walk by himself and his speech is beginning to return, according to benefit organizers. He continues to receive therapy for his injuries.

Moore, a Jerome graduate and currently a senior at Wittenberg University, was in a car accident in February 2010. He spent two months at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, returned to school two weeks after his release from the hospital and will graduate on time this spring, though he continues to deal with healing and pain issues as a consequence of the accident.

Festival proceeds will be divided between the pediatric burn unit and the pediatric intensive care unit of Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

To donate items to the auction, call Denise Gorden at (614) 873-8851. To enter the chili contest or the pie competition, call Amy Easterday at (614) 306-9766. To donate items for either the farmers market or the baked-goods table, call the church at (614) 873-8851.

Jerome UMC is at 10531 Jerome Road.