Third annual event to be hosted at One Senior Place
By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- The holiday season is a time for giving -- especially to those who need it most.
On Friday, Dec. 6, One Senior Place will host the third annual Festival of Wreaths Gala and Silent Auction from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. All proceeds from this year's event will benefit Devereux Florida.
"The event was originally started by a group of women, who call themselves 'The Charity Chicks,' -- Kate Hagberg, Denise LeBlanc, Lisa Laudato and Michelle Buchanan," said Kathi Ridner, director of One Senior Place. "Their goal was to raise money for a variety of nonprofit organizations in Brevard County each holiday season."
When "The Charity Chicks" approached One Senior Place to host this year's gala, Ms. Ridner said the Viera-based business gladly agreed.
"This year's recipient of the funds raised will be Devereux Florida, which cares for 1,000 children in Brevard," Ms. Ridner added. "The monies raised will provide Christmas gifts for children, who would otherwise likely not receive anything."
Admission to the Festival of Wreaths is $5 or a gift card.
If attendees choose to bring a gift card as their admission, Ms. Ridner said gift cards from Target or Walmart would be a great choice.
"Many people donate toys and games that are appropriate for younger children, but there are teenagers in Devereux's programs, who need a gift for the holidays," she added. "A gift card will allow them to purchase something special for themselves."
With the event open for people of all ages, attendees are invited to stroll through One Senior Place to browse, preview and bid on all silent auction items, between Dec. 1 and Dec. 6.
"In addition to wreaths, we will have fresh floral arrangements, wine gift baskets, original art, paintings, jewelry and much more to bid on," Ms. Ridner said.
Many local businesses and organizations have donated beautifully decorated and themed wreaths, including Key Business Connections, Re/Max Aerospace, Victoria Landing, VITAS Innovative Hospice, Personal Hearing Solutions, Viera Woman's Club, Care America, Roses are Red Florist, Sterling House, DeLaura Financial Planning, Huntington Place, International Palms Resort, Coco Vee Jewelry, Suntree United Methodist Church, St. Paul's Episcopal Church and students from Merritt Island High School.
Ms. Ridner said that in addition to Festival of Wreaths being a fundraiser for a great cause, this event is designed to be fun and entertaining.
"We will be offering hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine, desserts, live music, cookies and hot cocoa for the kids, as well as a 'Kids Corner,' with crafts and activities, Santa and Mrs. Claus and pictures with Santa," Ms. Ridner added. "It's fun and fundraising, all in one night."
The third annual Festival of Wreaths Gala and Silent Auction will be hosted at One Senior Place on Friday, Dec. 6 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Admission for adults is $5 or a donation of a gift card. Children 12 or younger will be admitted for free.
All proceeds will benefit Devereux Florida.
One Senior Place is located at 8085 Spyglass Hill Road, Viera.
For more information, call (321) 751-6771.