Hospice garden luncheon is successful

The third annual Serenity Hospice & Home Garden Luncheon was May 10, on the grounds of the Serenity Home. Guests were welcomed with beautiful harp music provided by Mary Ley, with the gazebo and gardens providing a lovely backdrop for the tented event.

The elegant luncheon was catered by SKM and served by Serenity volunteers. Silent and live auction items were generously donated by area merchants, nurseries, and individuals. Live auction services were provided by Joyce and Sheldon Rueff, who were entertaining, encouraging, and delightful in their efforts to raise funds for Serenity.

While the food was delicious, the surroundings beautiful and elegant, and the guests entertained, the purpose of this event is to raise funds to be used for providing care for patients in the Serenity Home.

Thanks to the generosity of the community, the people in attendance, and the committees whose efforts served to make this year’s garden luncheon a resounding success.

Special thanks to: Burkardt’s LP Gas, Spectrum Preferred Meats, White Pines Ranch, and to the numerous individual sponsors; Susan, Michael, Emily and Bryce Maddux’s catering expertise and a delicious lunch; and to the Serenity staff for all the hard work to make the event a success.

Thank you to Mary Meiners and Pam Gambrel for their imagination and creativity in decorating and making everything beautiful; Mincemoyer Jewelry, Rockford, for their expertise; and to all of our volunteers for helping with setting up, serving food, cleaning up, traffic control and parking.

Thanks also to all the auction item donors especially Anne’s Garden Center and the Petal Pushers.

Note to readers: Lynn Knodle is the executive director.