Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls will hold a fundraiser next week for a disabled Saco boy whose pumpkin patch was destroyed by vandals on Aug. 28.

On Tuesday through Oct. 14, the farm will donate a portion of proceeds from its pumpkin sales to Andrew Berry, a 5-year-old who has cerebral palsy and epilepsy.

The funds will benefit Andrew’s charities, the Morrison Developmental Center in Scarborough and the Epilepsy Foundation. Andrew attends a preschool program at the Morrison Center, where he receives special attention and medical care.

Andrew’s father, Jason Berry, said his family had planned to sell pumpkins from the patch to raise money to help meet the needs of his son, but decided to support the charities instead. The pumpkin patch was destroyed by vandals on the night Tropical Storm Irene swept through Maine.

John Wallace, the events and marketing director at Harvest Hill Farms, said the owner, Peter Bolduc, heard about the vandalism at Andrew’s pumpkin patch and wanted to help.

“The whole staff here is community-minded and family-oriented,” Wallace said. “When we saw (Andrew’s story) on TV, we immediately said we have to help. It’s what we do.”

The Berry family has received an outpouring of support since Aug. 28, when three of Andrew’s pumpkins were stolen and the rest were destroyed by vandals.

Jason Berry said Tuesday that many people have come forward with donations and pumpkins for Andrew’s causes.

“It’s great they want to help the community,” Berry said of next week’s fundraiser. “We’re grateful. Even though times are tough right now, people still have a heart. The fact that people want to help is great.”

The fundraiser is being held in conjunction with the opening of Harvest Hill’s Field of Dreams, a scaled-down, preschool version of Pumpkin Land, its popular Halloween-themed attraction.

The Berry family is holding another fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16 at Pathfinders Snowmobile Club, 42 Heath Road in Saco, where they will sell the donated pumpkins and give the proceeds to the two charities.

Ira Rosenberg, owner of Prime Motor Group, has pledged to donate a truckload of pumpkins for the Berry fundraiser.

For more information about next week’s fundraiser, go to www.harvesthillfarms.com.

Staff Writer Melanie Creamer can be contacted at 791-6361 or at:

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