Sept. 18, 2018
‘Tour of Tables’ blends fun with generous assistance for Oaklawn Hospice
MARSHALL – An evening of fanciful fun and conviviality may have been the best way to describe the annual Tour of Tables on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 13 – although the cause was a serious one.
An “Alice in Wonderland”-themed table won the “people’s choice” ballot as the best-decorated table during the ninth annual fund-raiser benefiting Oaklawn Hospice Services. The event was held at Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub, and drew about 170 participants to 24 specially decorated tables.
This year’s top-winning table was decorated and sponsored by members of the staff of the Oaklawn Radiology Department, and seated eight people.
The second-place award went to the Oaklawn Heart and Vascular team, who chose a “Bollywood” theme, and the third-place prize went to Oaklawn’s Nursing Administration team, who selected a “Phantom of the Opera” theme.
As always, the goal was to make the event fun for participants and their guests, by filling the dining area with tables decorated in various themes. Sponsored tables were decorated and set to reflect themes established by the hosts.
Speakers during the evening’s festivities included Oaklawn Chief Nursing Officer Theresa Dawson, the Rev. William Cole, hospice social worker Erin Wilson and Adrienne Solis-Sherman, who is Oaklawn’s director of home care, hospice and Oaklawn’s Wound Care Center. Oaklawn Executive Director of Legal and Community Affairs Richard Lindsey served as the evening’s master of ceremonies.
“We’re very grateful for the support this demonstrates for the work done at Oaklawn Hospice,” said Sara Jeffery of Oaklawn’s Development Department, who coordinated this year’s event. “As always, we want to extend our sincere thanks to the management and staff at Schuler’s for their generosity and wonderful service in supporting this community event.”
“The ‘Tour of Tables’ is a wonderful expression of our community’s dedication to our programs,” said Solis-Sherman. “It’s also a beautiful way to spend an evening together while providing funds for this excellent service to patients and their families, who face an incredible need at this time in their lives.
“Hospice encompasses all that makes us human – love, hope, compassion and caring. A hospice nurse once told me that the staff had the luckiest job in the world because they ‘worked amongst angels’,” Solis-Sherman said.
Funds raised go directly to support Oaklawn Hospice’s comprehensive healthcare program, which works to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of persons with life-limiting conditions and their families.