Hospice Auction has record attendance
By EVELYN LONG –
A record 400 persons attended the 19th annual Hearts for Hospice dinner/auction held Saturday, March 31, at the Cardington-Lincoln High School.
The silent and live auctions generated a net total of $22,000 plus the profit from the sale of flowers and baked goods which was $730.00. The funds will be used to assist the patients of Hospice of Morrow County.
Karen Veronica, executive director of Hospice of Morrow County, presented the Heart of Hospice Award to Brian Petrie, superintendent of Cardington-Lincoln Schools. Veronica said the award was made in appreciation to the school and staff for its support of the Hospice dinner and auction and for its hospitality.
The Fabric of Caring Award was made to Vernie Richards who has been involved with the hospice program since 1999. Veronica praised her for her support and service to the program, her sense of humor — and her “fantastic donuts.”
A moment of silence was observed for Brenice Smith and Bob Fissell, both of whom passed away recently. Brenice was a member of the first class of volunteers with the program, said Veronica, who gave them both accolades for their strong support of the Hospice program.
Auctioneers who donated their expertise to the live auction were Craig Miley and Bill Creswell. They were assisted by Rex Strine, Mike McKinney, Paul Kemp, Tom Harden and Paul Palmer.
The Hospice staff thanked the following for contributing to the event: the board members, staff and volunteers; the Cardington-Lincoln High School for the use of their facility; the auctioneers for donating their time; Showplace Rental for transportation; Etching Extremes for the award plaque and Clara Hilton for creating the Fabric of Caring Award.
Winning the 50–50 raffle drawing was Tina Kelly.
The buffet dinner was prepared and catered by Special Occasions, Upper Sandusky.
Note: 10 Color photos accompany this article in the April 11 print edition of the Sentinel.