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Tour of Tables to benefit Oaklawn Hospice

Aug. 5, 2017

 ‘Tour of Tables’ planned Sept. 14 to benefit Oaklawn Hospice

MARSHALL – Planning is under way for the Tour of Tables, which will benefit Oaklawn Hospice services.

Committee members are already preparing for the Sept. 14 fund-raising event, which will be held for the fourth year at Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub, 115 S. Eagle St.

“The ‘Tour of Tables’ is a wonderful expression of our community’s dedication to our programs,” said Sara Jeffery, a member of Oaklawn’s development team who is coordinating the event. “It’s also a nice way to spend an evening together while providing funds for such an excellent service as Oaklawn Hospice.”

The goal, as always, is to make the event fun for participants and their guests, by filling the dining area with tables decorated in various themes, Jeffery said. Sponsored tables are decorated and set to reflect themes established by the hosts.

Last year’s top winner was a “Roman Journey”-themed table, decorated and sponsored by staff from Oaklawn’s Nursing Administration and Surgery staff.

Erin Wilson, an Oaklawn Hospice social worker, is chairing the Tour of Tables steering committee.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, followed by a social hour and public viewing of the tables, with dinner being served at 7 p.m. All guests will have a chance to vote on which table should be the 2017 winner.

Marshall resident Megan Harvey will speak about her personal experience with Oaklawn Hospice’s services, and Executive Director of Oaklawn Hospice Adrienne Solis-Sherman will discuss the importance of the role that hospice plays in the community.

The committee also is at work gathering donated items that will be available for silent auction during the event. Over the years, many Marshall area businesses and restaurants have donated funds and items for the annual Tour of Tables and its featured auction, Jeffery said.

Tables seating four, six, eight, and 10 will be available on a first-come basis, Jeffery said. The cost of purchasing a table will be $75 per seat. Hosts frequently exchange the dinner tickets for donations from their guests, Jeffery said.

Those seeking more details about the Tour of Tables, whether to participate in or donate to the events, may contact Jeffery at (269) 789-3942 or sjeffery@oaklawnhospital.com.

In addition to Jeffery, other members of the steering committee are Oaklawn officials, staffers and volunteers. They include Solis-Sherman; Hospice Volunteer Coordinator Danielle Mack; Executive Director of Development and Community/Legislative Affairs Richard Lindsey; Development Manager Amy Reimann; Services Coordinator Sara Andrews; Executive Director of Business Development and Ancillary Services Bill DeSmet; and Coordinator of Nursing Administration and Ancillary Services Bonnie Edwards.

“We’re very grateful for the support we’ve received over the years that shows how much this community cares about Oaklawn Hospice,” Jeffery 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.

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