Bristol Village held its 12th annual Western Days Fundraiser on October 16th, hosted by the Bristol Village Foundation.
Western Days is a wonderful fundraising event that benefits the special needs of our Alzheimer’s Care Residents and the Christmas Program for Bristol Health Care Residents, especially those with no family.
This well attended celebration event first started as a ham and bean supper by the Nursing Home staff in the 1990’s. Today, the Nursing home staff and others provide a picnic style dinner buffet. But that’s not all! There is of course, country music playing throughout the evening and an annual cake walk. Now, hailing from New England, I had never heard of a cake walk. To my surprise, it is a semi-circle walk around a mark in the floor. When the music stops, whoever is on the mark receives a prize of cupcakes. Hmm. It raised quite a few eyebrows and lifted a few spirits!
With the purchase of raffle tickets, there were numerous door prizes, generously donated by area departments in Bristol Village. Since I never win anything, it obviously was not my night to shine with a win.
The Bristol Village Foundation, who hosted this Fundraiser, is extremely vital to the growth and culture of the Bristol Village Community. Not only do they host events such as Western Days to make sure the special needs of our Alzheimer and Nursing Home Residents are addressed, but also oversees a capital fund designated for needed capital improvements and to fund a National Church Residences Hospice Program in Pike County and South-Central Ohio.
The Foundation is directed by a Board of Governors comprised of the members of the Bristol Village Homes Board and three Bristol Village Residents. It oversees two benevolent funds to support the needs of the Residents who have encountered financial hardships that challenge fixed incomes and to support special projects initiated by the Residents. To this day, no one has left the Bristol Village Community for lack of funds.
I could go on and on with what the Foundation has accomplished over the years. I will say that this was one of the reasons I moved to Bristol Village. Our Foundation really holds and secures our Community together!
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