Guests began arriving at 10 a.m., excited to visit the six vendors who participated and be the first to purchase tickets to win the 25 donated gift baskets. Among the most popular were two framed $100 bills and paintings by Peg Vogel, a retirement living resident at Sumner. Seasoned champions of the cause enjoyed the opportunity to bid on 10 auction items, which included two golf foursomes and a day of sailing with Chaplain Charlie Lentner!
Sumner Director of Marketing Rowena Wilkins, chairperson of the event, welcomed the 100 guests and introduced CEO Charlene Kish, who described the recipient of the day’s revenue. The Therapeutic Healing Garden has been the core for this fundraising event for the last three years and its completion will be realized through Saturday’s proceeds. She called the garden her legacy and introduced Dr. Deborah Plate, Family Medicine specialist at Akron General Center for Family Medicine to discuss the benefits of a place such as this.
Chaplain Charlie Lentner brought along a 12-foot sunflower from his garden and used it as a teaching tool during his blessing. He also served with Sumner Fitness Instructor Mike Kish, Director of Finance Greg MacPherson and Retirement Living Resident Mike Walker as escorts for the models.
Eleven models walked the runway for fashions by Allie M. Designs, including four residents – Cathy Kalail, Joyce Reynolds, Eileen Thomas and Barb Williams; three staff members – Suzy Murphy, Elizabeth Scott and Vee Williams; Louise Sumner Board Member Pamela Lightner; and three staff family members – Christina Callahan, Vickie Wilkins and baby girl Elliana Wilkins, who stole the show each time she appeared with Mom!
Special thanks to sponsors – Elite Maintenance, Reinhart Foodservice, RW Larson, Beverly Stroll, TLC Catering, Marie Tuccillo and Mary Ellen Atwood. More than $10,000 was raised to beautify the landscape for Sumner’s campus – which includes our expansion project. More on the expansion below!
Enjoy these pictures from the event (click thumbnail to enlarge) and feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page. You can also view photos from the day on our Facebook page, where you can like, comment and share!
Speaking of our retirement living expansion project, progress is being made daily! The three-story building will add 65 new independent living apartments and approximately 95,000 square feet. Those who commit to an apartment during the building phase will be able to take advantage of the most generous price discounts in Concordia at Sumner history. Click here to visit the Expansion Info page of our website.
Want to learn more about the project in a pressure-free environment? Visit us at an upcoming event or information session. You can also call Director of Marketing Rowena Wilkins at 330-664-1289 or message us through the Contact form on our website.