Event funds 'home away from home'

Event funds 'home away from home'
Brian and Jodi Wiemerslage, of Wykoff, purchase tickets to the wine raffle. This was the Wiemerslage's seventh year of attendance at a table sponsored by Hunt Electric. "This is a wonderful way to support the community and specifically the Ronald McDonald House," Jodi said.

"A Little Sparkle in the Moonlight" was the theme for this year's Hearts and Diamonds Spectacular, which was held Feb. 4 for the Ronald McDonald House.

The black-tie affair at Somerby Golf Clubwas awash in sparkles and candlelight, tuxedoes and flowing gowns. The exquisite evening began with butlered hors d’oeuvres, sponsored by Courtesy Corp., and an array of estate wines donated by Majestic Fine Wines.

Greeting guests at the door were David Oeth, president of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Gwen.

"It is customary for the president to do this and it is wonderful, we get to see so many people," Gwen Oeth said.

"We sold out this year in five days," said Loree Flick, of Rochester, who was in attendance with her husband, Randy. Loree started the event when money was needed for expansion of the Ronald McDonald House. "I thought it would be great to have a very formal affair to benefit such a worthy cause, and I guess other people agreed."


Traditionally, several residents the facility are invited as guests and represent those who benefit from the "home away from home."

One such guest, Kaitlin Parsons, of Neenah, Wis., said, "It is a wonderful night out — I feel like a princess."

"This reminds us to love our children (and) be thankful for what God has given us," Karen and Jeff Manthey, of Rochester, said. "Knowing we are helping families is important. They need to know we care."

Dr. Thomas Shives, of Rochester, and Post-Bulletin columnist Tracy McCraywere this year's emcees. "This (event) places the focus on kids with cancer and showcases the importance of the Ronald McDonald House," Shives said.

Diamonds and table prizes were donated by Hight & Randall, Personal Jeweler. After a five-course dinner with table wines donated by Apollo Liquor, guests enjoyed entertainment by Synergyas well as an after-glow coffee bar, sponsored by McNeilus Co..

The major sponsor of the event was Sterling State Bank.

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