Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Community Turns Out for Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Art Auction

18TH annual “Art on the Lawn” raises record amount!

Oct 2, 3017—Jackson—Hospice of Amador & Calaveras held their signature fundraising event of the year on Friday, September 22. Under clear but cool skies, the 18th Annual “Art on the Lawn” Art Auction kicked off at 6 p.m. to a sold-out venue, with guests enjoying the picturesque setting overlooking the fully loaded, early fall vineyards of Karmère Winery and Vineyards.

Classical guitarist Gordon Rowland set the mood as guests strolled the lawn, dined on appetizers donated by The National Hotel, and viewed the original artwork, donated by local artists, ranging from glass art and artisan jewelry to original photographs and more, in addition to a huge selection of donated raffle prizes from local businesses and individuals. Local duo Darcel Hunter & Co. entertained guests during a delicious dinner donated by The Highway House Restaurant and Bar, along with wines from Karmère and several other local wineries.

Highlights of the evening include a new auction item called “Head Table,” which sold for $1,500. Donated by Stan Lukowicz, the winner of this item (and guests) will enjoy the 10-12-seat center table at next year’s event, complete with special concierge service and hand-selected wines to accompany dinner. A custom crafted Adirondack-style oak “wine barrel chair” made by local craftsman Jim Burgess sold for $2,000, and capping off the evening was the “Last One Standing” activity. Again this year, nobody could beat Doreen Lukowicz, and her generous donation of $10,000.

An astonishing 93% of the total amount collected will be able to go directly to core hospice services and programs that Hospice of Amador & Calaveras provides to the two-county area. Executive Director Ariane Debien said, “I am absolutely stunned by the incredible support for Hospice of Amador & Calaveras that was demonstrated at this event. Our mission is truly enabled because of the tremendous generosity shown by the community.”

More than 40 volunteers, dozens of generous donations and several major sponsorships from the following community organizations made the event possible: Karmère Winery & Vineyard; Stan Lukowicz/The National Hotel; Frank Manzano/The Highway House Restaurant & Bar; Sutter Amador Hospital; Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort; AssistCare Residential Communities; Calaveras Community Foundation; Dan Fields, MD, Sutter Medical Group, Plymouth Clinic; G.E.M. Electric; and Mark Twain Medical Center. A special thank you to the Ledger Dispatch and Jack Mitchell generously donating the event program, including layout and printing.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been serving the community for more than 35 years. We truly appreciate every donation and gift of volunteer time that helps us fulfill our mission to provide compassionate, end-of-life care to everyone in our community who needs it, regardless of ability to pay.

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