Summer Extravaganza to benefit local woman's battle with Lyme disease

The original barn at Avon Lea Farm. Photo courtesy of Karen Franks
Karen Franks

Come out to Summer Extravaganza 2014 on Aug. 16 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the national register historic landmark Avon Lea Farm and home of Robert Berry, Phoenixville.

The purpose of the event is to raise money for Karen Franks, who has late-stage Lyme disease and has been undergoing IV antibiotic treatment, which is not covered by insurance. Although proceeds go to her medical account for her ongoing treatment, we will also be raising awareness about how devastating this disease is if not caught early. Pennsylvania has the highest incidence of it, and Karen has been working with the Pennsylvania Lyme resource Network to provide medical symposiums for health care practitioners while also going through treatment herself.

The food will be inspired by Chef de Cuisine Franklin Miller of the iconic Old Guardhouse Inn in Gladwyne. Built in the 1790s, the famous Guardhouse has a long history within the Main Line for offering the best of the best in fine dining. Executive Chef Miller, who is well-known for his Dover Sole, Dijon-crusted rack of lamb, jumbo lump crab cakes and seared filet, is sure to be presenting some of his finest barbecue recipes and salads.

With over 100 acres of sprawling land, Avon Lea Farm offers lots of room for adults to relax on and children to run around on, along with a tennis court to keep the calories down and a salt-water pool to cool off in.


Guests will be able to enjoy many other activities, including live entertainment, volleyball competitions, croquet, bocce ball, whiffle ball and horse shoes. There will also be raffles and silent auction items.

Buy tickets or give a donation to Karen’s care at

If you’d like to donate a silent auction item, please contact Karen, Leif Zetterberg, Chairman of the event, or Joanne Zglinicki, Wayne, Marketing and Community Relations, at