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written by:Laura Mueller
The cupcakes were black and white, even masked, at the Serenity House Annual Black & White Masquerade Gala. Guests mingled about, some incognito in elegant black feathery masquerade masks.
The fundraiser held Saturday, Nov. 19, at Mooresville’s Charles Mack Citizen Center, featured a silent auction, raffle, music by inspirational singers, ‘Sealed,’ and a buffet and dessert provided by more than 20 local caterers. Jeff Mendenhall, author of “Your Economic Destiny,” was the guest speaker.
Serenity House end-of-life care home has been open for four years and has now served 100 terminally ill patients. The home, located in Centre Presbyterian Church’s manse, provides free patient care. It is supported by donations and grants.
Julia Adney, 16, a Davidson Day School student, started volunteering at Serenity House in January. “It’s such a great place. I feel like I’ve made an impact. It’s not often you get a feeling like that as a 16-year-old.” Adney and Davidson College students Pooja Parikh, 19, and Chelsie Sumner, 22, greeted guests as they arrived, selling raffle tickets for an amazing basket of chocolates by Amy Rivera of An Angel’s Touch in Mooresville.
Cheryl Pletcher, Executive Director of Serenity House, spoke to the 160 guests gathered at the tables before her, “Serenity House is a work of faith. It takes a village of love.”
The evening raised over $16,000. The money will be used for operations of Serenity House, and we will continue to engage the Davidson community to locate a suitable house to get a new comfort care home started in 2012.
See story and pictures by Laura Mueller
Organizers pitch ‘comfort care’ as an end-of-life option
Hospice nurse Cheryl Pletcher and other organizers pitch ‘comfort care’ as a new end-of-life option in Davidson and Cornelius, and seek a suitable house in Davidson. Serenity House in Mooresville, open since 2007, is the model.
Commentary: The Finish Line of Life
Why a comfort care home is the goal of our ‘Dreaming for Davidson campaign. By Cheryl Pletcher.