Wellness Place gala succeeded in giving hope, help to NCW cancer patients
The folks at Wellness Place put on quite the gala fundraiser Saturday night at the Cashmere Riverside Center that raised significant dollars to provide critical support for North Central Washington cancer patients. It was a thrill to participate and capture the spirit of contribution and caring that is woven throughout the organization and its supporters.
Erin Cass, the executive director of Wellness Place, said the fundraiser set a record this year by netting more than $40,000. Besides cancer support, the organization also provides training called SAIL (Stay Active and Independent for Life) that helps seniors prevent falls and live more active lives. That program is a model for the state.
A couple of special moments highlighted the evening. Volunteer Lynne Barnhart was given the legacy award for her contributions. And auctioneer Cody Hodge, who makes these events so much fun, told the crowd about his battle with Leukemia.
Here’s a tip of the cap to Cass, program director Mary Brandt and the board of directors, including Dr. Carl Kjobech, Dr. Dave Weber, Pam Hannah, Dr. Tom Halgren, Anne Brooks, Callie Klein, Carol Schrader, Melissa Knott, Megan Kovanen, Kendra Shemorry, Pat Aylward, Linette Gahringer and Jean Horan.
To lend your support, visit wellnessplacewenatchee.org and donate.