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Sept. 20, 2016
‘Tour of Tables’ blends fun with generous assistance for Oaklawn Hospice
MARSHALL – An evening of fanciful fun and conviviality was the best way to describe the annual Tour of Tables on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 15 – although the cause was a serious one.
A “Roman Journey”-themed table won the “people’s choice” ballot as the best-decorated table during the seventh annual fund-raiser benefiting Oaklawn Hospice Services. The event was held at Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub for the third year, and drew about 150 participants to 21 specially decorated tables.
This year’s top-winning table was decorated and sponsored by Oaklawn’s nursing administration and surgery staff, and seated 11 people.
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 President and CEO Ginger Williams; Executive Director of Development and Community/Legislative Affairs Richard Lindsey; and the Rev. William Cole, who also gave the invocation.
“We’re very grateful for the support this demonstrates for the work done at Oaklawn Hospice,” said Theresa Shippell of Oaklawn’s Development Department, who coordinated this year’s event. “We’d also like 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 Donna Young, program director for Oaklawn Hospice. “It’s also a nice 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’,” Young 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.
Erin Wilson, an Oaklawn Hospice social worker, chaired the Tour of Tables steering committee. In addition to Shippell, other committee members wee Schuler’s Restaurant & Pub Sales and Marketing Manager Susie Deback; Oaklawn Hospice Program Director Donna Young; and Oaklawn officials including Lindsey; DeSmet; Services Coordinator Sara Andrews; and Coordinator of Nursing Administration and Ancillary Services Bonnie Edwards.
Major sponsors and donors to this year’s Tour of Tables included Mike and Alicia Beck, Gregg Beeg and Dixie Gastola, BluFish Consulting LLC, Mike and Sherry Boyd, Chemical Bank, Sue and Shannon Damron, Scott and Theresa Dawson, Bill and Michelle DeSmet, Ron Gauthier, HBC Specialized Contracting, Mac McClurken, MHS Athletic Department, Park’s Drug Store, Pam Price, Sheriff Matt Saxton, Hans and Nancy Schuler, Schuler’s Restaurant, Shops at the Marshall House, Tara Ward Photography and Brent and Dr. Ginger Williams