Raises more than $146,000
On Friday, July 21, 281 guests attended the Reflections Dinner and Auction for Lory’s Place, the grief healing and education center of Caring Circle, a Lakeland Health Affiliate. During a fun-filled night that included a libation pull, wheel of fortune, live auction, fund-a-need campaign, and the famous wind
tunnel raffle, more than $146,000 was raised, setting a new record for this event.
New this year was the presentation of the North Star Award, designed to honor an exemplary volunteer. Barb Radewald was the first recipient of this award, and was celebrated for her outstanding volunteer
efforts since the inception of Lory’s Place.
Attendees had the great privilege to hear board members Bill Marohn and Craig Hubble, as well as one of the first participants of Lory’s Place, Diane Diamadio, speak about the history of the organization, how far the vision has come over the last 13 years, and the impact it has had on their lives and our community. This tribute was to honor Lisa Bartoszek, the founder and current director of Lory’s Place, who will retire at the end of December. Her successor, Stephanie Kohler, who has been a staff member at Lory’s Place for ten years, will become the new director starting January 1, 2018.
“Stephanie will bring unique gifts and life experiences to her new role, ensuring that the compassionate support of Lory’s Place will continue,” said Lisa.
Lory’s Place provides grief healing and education services for children, adults, and families in times of need. This support creates hope for those working through their personal grief journey.
“The evening offered heartfelt testimonials to the meaningful grief support offered at Lory’s Place, and was a true celebration of the joys of life,” said Lisa. “We are so grateful for the support of long-time, loyal friends and many new friends who attended the Reflections event in support of our mission.”