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From running volleyball, curling, and even cornhole leagues throughout the year, there always seems to be something fun going on at The Barn. If it’s cold enough, ice skating also is an option on the rink just outside the side door.

The bar/restaurant is owned by Jason Warda. He also owns the Fenton Pub in downtown Fenton and the Ponemah Lakeside Lodge on Lake Ponemah. I’ll admit that I have been to all of Jason’s restaurants and especially like that my husband and I can take our friends and family by pontoon over to his lake restaurant.

If that’s not enough to keep him and his wife, Alicia, and their children busy, Warda has founded The Warda Foundation. The Warda Foundation is dedicated to giving back to the community that supports them. Supported by Warda’s businesses, its primary purpose is to help under privileged children and families in need in the local area.

During Thanksgiving, they host the Thanksgiving CommUNITY lunch, which provides a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone in need. Another event is Project Santa, which provides gifts to children and families in need in an attempt to brighten their holiday season. During this time, they team up with The Whaley Children’s Center in Flint as well to provide all of their kids with gifts.

Jason said 2019 was the most successful year yet for The Warda Foundation. They officially became a non-profit, bought the Fenton Bar Hopper bus and served a record number of families at their holiday events.

The intent of the Fenton Bar Hopper every Friday and Saturday night is to help the fight against drunk driving in the Fenton area. Although Jason is a bar owner, he takes a strong stance against drinking and driving and he is thrilled to start offering this free service, which is fully funded by the Warda Foundation. Although rides are free, they do welcome donations to The Warda Foundation to keep it going. “We have some awesome drivers, Bob and Dave, who always make sure people still get home safely and encourage it at the end of the night as long as they are willing,” Jason said.

Next up on their list of events to benefit the Warda Foundation is the St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl.

 Sharon Stone is the editor of the Tri-County Times. To contact her, email her at sstone@tctimes.com or call her at (810) 433-6786.

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