The fifth annual Scioto Reserve Block Party will kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday, and organizers hope it will be the most successful yet.

The fifth annual Scioto Reserve Block Party will kick off at 4 p.m. Saturday, and organizers hope it will be the most successful yet.

The golf course community off Home Road aims to beat last year's fundraising total of $20,000.

"We're expecting over 1,000 people again and expect it to be a huge event," said Jackie Sharp, event chair.

Proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Scioto Reserve selects a different children's charity each year. Proceeds from last year's block party benefitted Kids 'n Kamp.

Sharp said she hopes Saturday's event will raise enough money to grant several children's wishes. One girl who will be helped is a Delaware 7-year-old battling leukemia, who hopes to turn her basement into a ballet dance studio.

"This year we're raising money for Make-A-Wish Foundation and hopefully we should be able to grant several wishes," Sharp said. "In the past two years, we've raised more than $28,000 for children's charities."

The band Better With Beer will headline the event, playing at 8 p.m.

Festivities will be emceed by local on-air personality Joe Boxer, of WNCI 97.9 FM and WCOL 92.3 FM.

Children's activities, including games, rides and face-painting, will be offered along with different types of food, and events for the whole family, including hot air balloon rides.

Admission to the block party is free and guests are asked for donations for some activities and food, making the amount each person gives a personal decision, Sharp said.

Raffles and a silent auction also will be held.

The party is sponsored by dozens of area organizations, including several restaurants that donate food.

"Platinum" sponsors J. Bentley Studio and Spa and local dental practice Infinite Smiles each donated $2,500 directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, on top of their contributions to the block party, Sharp said.

"J. Bentley is passing out $20 gift cards to everyone who attends and when the gift cards are redeemed, they're going to donate 10 percent of the gift card back to Make-A-Wish," Sharp said.

"Infinite Smiles will be on hand passing out toothbrushes to the kids. We have had an amazing outpouring of community support, especially from the local businesses."

The party is open to people from outside the Scioto Reserve community and is at the green space known as the reserve near Scioto Chase Boulevard and Scioto Parkway.

For more information -- including the profile of girl proceeds will benefit, attractions and sponsors -- visit www.sciotoreserveblockparty.com.