A “Tour” For All

Seventeen tables in one evening. That’s what more than 125 “tourists” got at the first annual TOT event held at the Battle Creek Country Club on Friday, July 30th. What started as a dream of Kristin Sims, Chief Nursing Officer at Oaklawn hospital seven months ago, came to reality as Oaklawn Hospice hosted their first annual “Hearts for Hospice” TOT - which stands for Tour of Tables - fundraising event.

The dinner event, which displayed tables decorated and set according to a theme by a host who invited guests to their table and/or sold tickets to their guests. People also had the option of just sponsoring a table and having someone else decorating. “We couldn’t have been more pleased with the support and community giving,” said Event Co-chair, John Sims, Jr. Those that attended enjoyed an evening filled with tables showcasing local design, fantastic dining and live entertainment by the blues band “Crossroads.”

Table themes ranged from “Nature’s Wild Side” that treated guests to a night of wild adventure with the sights and sounds and textures of the jungle. In keeping with the 35th year of caring, the West Michigan Camaro Club zoomed into the event with a table filled with camaro’s galore.

Sponsored by Sims Heating & Cooling, the “Pretty in Pink” table paid special tribute to those who have passed away and survived breast cancer; the “pink” theme reminding all of the struggles and triumphs of breast cancer patients everywhere. Other tables included a “Rock-N-Roll” theme that focused on the history of rock-n-roll to a “Who Ya Rooting For?” college theme and a “Day at the Beach.”

“With Kristin’s leadership and the time and dedication of her volunteers, the event was a total success,” said Rob Covert, Oaklawn’s Chief Executive Officer. “Her vision and direction made the first annual TOT event an outstanding and fun-filled evening, with all sharing the same Oaklawn mission of providing compassion, quality, and commitment to our community.”

Oaklawn Hospice was founded and became an extension of Oaklawn Hospital in December of 2008. The event raised funds for Oaklawn Hospice, which provides a comprehensive healthcare program to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of persons with life-limiting conditions, while also providing support to their families.

If you have any questions about Oaklawn Hospice or would like to know more about the Tour of Tables event which is already being planned for next year, please contact Bonnie Edwards at (269) 789-3908 or email at bedwards@oaklawnhospital.com.

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