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Over the years, an autumn evening of fanciful fun and conviviality has been the best way to describe Oaklawn’s annual Tour of Tables fundraiser – although the cause was a serious one.
This year, the ongoing pandemic has challenged organizers to be creative and find an alternative way to seek financial assistance for Oaklawn Hospice Services and the families that have relied on its compassionate care.
“Because of the continuous rise in COVID cases, we will not be holding our typical ‘Tour of Tables’ event this year,” said Jenna Ellis, Oaklawn’s development manager. “Instead, we’ve invited our community to participate in a ‘non-event’ fundraiser intended to help people celebrate their lost loved ones while still doing something enjoyable.”
The substitute event, called “Stay Home for Hospice,” is to be observed Nov. 18 and Ellis said participants actually are being advised to do just that – stay at home.
“We encourage you to utilize your free evening to celebrate a lost loved one doing something they enjoyed,” she said. “Maybe you put together their favorite puzzle, watch their beloved movie or dine on a meal you shared together.”
As part of the fundraiser, participants are being encouraged to share their activities via Twitter and other social-media programs, using the Oaklawn designation @oaklawncares, she said.
Tax-deductible donations also are being accepted through Dec. 1, she said, adding that they may be made by credit card or check payable to “Oaklawn Hospital” with a notation designating Oaklawn Hospice as the recipient. Such donations may be delivered to Oaklawn’s development office at 116 E. Prospect St., Marshall, MI 49068.
“We’d like to encourage participants to donate in the amount they’d typically spend during a normal ‘Tour of Tables’ event,” Ellis said.
Additional information is available by contacting Ellis at email@example.com or (269) 789-7494.
Funds raised during the event will 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, Ellis said.