We had over 1,240 people registered in this year’s event and raised over $60,000, to support grief healing programs and education for adults, children, and families in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties. Because of these donations we can continue to provide a safe and comforting place where healing can happen at no cost to our participants. We hope you will join us again for next year’s Run, Walk, Rock on May 18, 2019, to continue our vision of bringing hope and strength to every grieving person.
This year’s camp took place on Wednesday, June 20. Throughout the day, 24 campers participated in activities focused around the importance of life. Although every living creature has a beginning and end, it is the time in-between that matters the most. Camp Lifetimes is a one-day bereavement camp hosted by Lory’s Place. This camp is provided at no cost and is available to children ages 5 to 14 years old (students who are entering kindergarten through eighth grade).
This year’s Reflections Dinner and Auction was a wonderful success. On Friday, July 13, 271 guests came ready to raise money to ensure Lory’s Place services continue well into the future. Our combined efforts raised more than $139,000. Proceeds from this event support meaningful grief healing and education programs. These vital services are available to our friends and neighbors at no cost because supporters offer hope and healing to our community.
Embracing Hospice at Home Wine and Beer
On Saturday, August 4, guests enjoyed tastings by local wineries and breweries, music by John Rush, and the opportunity to sponsor a day of hospice care. This event raised $90,000 for hospice and bereavement care programs provided to the community of South Haven and surrounding areas. This will provide 444 days of hospice care. Join us next year on Saturday, August 3, 2019.
A Taste Sensation: Culinary Cook-off
On Friday, October 5, more than 250 guests attended this year’s A Taste Sensation, a culinary cook-off. With the largest combined overall score, team three participants, Todd Dockerty COO and Owner, Dockerty Health Care Services and Chef Abel Martinez of the Mason Jar were awarded this year’s Champions of A Taste Sensation 2018 title. With outstanding combined efforts, the event raised more than $161,400, which will support over 640 days of benevolent care at the Merlin and Carolyn Hanson Hospice Center.