By Alisha McDarris
For Hometown News
MARTIN COUNTY -- On Sept. 23 Molly's House is celebrating a milestone, a dream realized, and the life of the girl who made it all possible.
This month marks what would have been the 40th birthday of Molly Sharkey, the namesake of Molly's House.
The hospitality house that offers short-term, affordable accommodation for the families of patients in the hospital across the street was her idea, and though she never got to see her vision realized before she passed away at 18 from leukemia, the staff believes she would have been proud of all that has been accomplished.
So in remembrance of Miss Sharkey's life, Molly's house is throwing a birthday party.
Vine and Barley in Palm City will host the event, Ellie's Deli of Stuart will be catering dinner, and there will even be birthday cupcakes from Rooster's Daytime Café in Jensen Beach. Items like Disney tickets, Kilwin's gift certificates and golf vouchers, 40 in all, will be raffled off and music, beer and wine tasting and plenty of fun will abound at the celebration.
"It's a good reason to get together and remember why we're here and what Molly's House is all about," said Emily Jensen, marketing and public relations coordinator for Molly's House. "We're remembering her legacy and her dream."
The event will also serve as a fundraiser for the house's Adopt a Family Program that provides a home away from home for families of hospitalized loved ones who cannot afford the suggested nightly donation that Molly's House requests.
The program ensures that every family who needs a sanctuary during a medical crisis has one. It was all part of Miss Sharkey's vision for the house which has been implemented right down to the yellow exterior and library window seat.
"I think she'd be extremely happy knowing we've helped more than 15,000 people," Ms. Jensen said.
Everyone is invited to the party. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at Molly's House in Stuart or Vine and Barley in Palm City. The party runs from 5-7 p.m. and promises to be both fun and enlightening.
Vine & Barley Palm City is located at 2591 S.W. High Meadows Ave., Palm City.
Molly's House is located at 430 S.E. Osceola St., in Stuart. For more information, call (772) 223-6659.