Caring hearts opened generous pockets when the 21st annual Hearts for Hospice dinner and auction was held Saturday, April 12, at the Cardington-Lincoln High School.
A total of $23,300 was netted following the silent and live auctions. There were 292 donors to the event this year. All funds will be used in Morrow County to aid patients here.
A highlight was the presentation of the Heart of Hospice Award to Whiston Pharmacy. This award is made to a business who goes above and beyond the ordinary to help. The award was accepted by Tom Whiston and Brad Wood from the pharmacy and was presented by Pat Clark, RN with Hospice.
The Heart of Caring Award was made to Clara Hilton, an honor made in recognition of the volunteer work she does for Hospice. This award was presented by Julie Pal-mer, of the Hospice Staff.
Auctioneers for the live auction were Bill Creswell and Craig Miley. They were assisted by Rex Strine, Mike McKinney, Paul Kemp, Tom Harden and Paul Palmer.
Chaplain Dave Matos offered the blessing and the welcome was given by Karen Veronica, executive director of Hospice of Morrow County. Specially invited guests were the clergymen in the county who were also recognized.
The buffet was catered by Special Occasions Catering, Upper Sandusky with 329 dinners served.
Table sponsors this year included Mike and Joyce Ray, Consolidated Electric, Snyder Funeral Homes, Mt Gilead; Griffith and Brinninger LLC; Snyder Funeral Homes, Delaware; Stegal Construction, Inc., Marengo Fabricated Steel LTD; Donald Wick, Attorney at Law; Gompf Funeral Service; Whetstone Industries; Ag Credit, McFarland Electric, Rob and Sharon Hickson and family; Jennifer Murphy Burnaugh, attorney; Pat Davies, Cardington Rotary Club, McDaniel Automotive; Flying Horse Farms, Marion Industrial Center, Hard Scrabble Farm, Whiston’s Pharmacy, Smotherman and Williams Family; In memory of Jerry Williams, Gompf Monument; Kilgour’s Insurance and Cardington Yutaka Technologies.
Tablescape donors included Jenni See, LeAnne Gompf, Kruger Farms (Diane and Tom); Alta Greenhouse, Open Arms Church, Whetstone Industries, Sheriff Steve Brenneman; Stacy Cowels, Brittany Levering, Karen McClelland- Sames and Cook, Rita Brenneman - licensed massage therapist, The Kentucky Preacher’s daughter, Honeybee Conservancy and Augies Brats.
Elsie Wilson was commended for once again creating quilts for the auction.
Hospice of Morrow County extended thanks to 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; First Knox National Bank for billboard advertising and the Morrow County Sentinel for the promotional photo and story.