Autumn Auction to support Gathering Place

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor


THE GATHERING PLACE and Memory Matters will hold its fifth annual Autumn Auction fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 15, from 6-9 p.m. at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls. The event will feature a Taste of Sheboygan menu featuring food offerings from Bourbon Street, The Other Place and Dickey’s BBQ, as well as silent auction items, bucket raffles, beer and wine tasting and live music. - Submitted photo THE GATHERING PLACE and Memory Matters will hold its fifth annual Autumn Auction fundraiser Saturday, Nov. 15, from 6-9 p.m. at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls. The event will feature a Taste of Sheboygan menu featuring food offerings from Bourbon Street, The Other Place and Dickey’s BBQ, as well as silent auction items, bucket raffles, beer and wine tasting and live music. - Submitted photo As program leaders, volunteers and members look forward to the possibility of expansion in the coming year, The Gathering Place and Memory Matters is set to stage its fifth annual Autumn Auction Saturday, Nov. 15, at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls.

The Autumn Auction event, which runs from 6-9 p.m., will include a silent auction, bucket raffle, 50/50 raffle, hors d’oeuvres, specialty beer and wine tasting, soda and live music.

“We have a wide variety of items for the silent auction this year,” said new Gathering Place- Memory Matters Executive Director Leah Zehel. “This is my first Autumn Auction at The Gathering Place, but I have been told that the variety of auction items is more diverse than it has ever been. We have everything from very high end items to more affordable items this year.

“We also have some buy-it-now items that will be separate from the silent auction, so people don’t necessarily need to stay until the end of the night if they don’t want to,” she said. “Really there is something for everyone. That is our main goal with this year’s event.”

One special auction item is a collection of seven watercolor paintings by the late Dr. James Michael. Other featured items include a Door County vacation, wine tasting excursion and specialty quilts.

A Taste of Sheboygan sampling of food from several area restaurants will also be featured, including selections from Bourbon Street, The Other Place, Dickey’s BBQ, Johnsonville Sausage and More Frosting Please.

“The food selection should be incredible,” Zehel said. “We have many great restaurants that will be showcasing some of their most popular menu items. People will definitely want to check out the food.”

Musical entertainment will be provided by acoustic guitarist/solo artist Dale Leudtke

Proceeds will benefit The Gathering Place and Memory Matters memory loss care programs.

Advance tickets are available at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street office, Sheboygan Senior Center and the Plymouth Generations building.

“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so it is a big deal for our organization and all of our programs,” Zehel said. “In the past it has been more of a fancy, prestigious gala kind of event, but this year we are trying to make it a little more casual. Everyone is welcome to attend and we want people to feel comfortable about coming out to enjoy a great evening while supporting a great cause.”

Zehel, who was hired to replace former Executive Director Cindy Musial in early September, has been busy settling into her new position and preparing for what looks to be a very eventful 2015 for The Gathering Place and Memory Matters.

“I started in this new role on September 8th, so the past two months have been about getting to know the program and all of the people involved,” Zehel said. “I have been working in the geriatric care field since I was 15 years old and I have worked as a director at assisted living facilities in Manitowoc

[Azura Memory Care] and Plymouth [Plymouth Care Center] over the past 12 years, so I think this position fits me very well.

“I have worked directly with people and families dealing with Alzheimer’s and memory loss and I particularly have enjoyed working in the early stages of the care process like we do here at The Gathering Place and Memory Matters,” she said.

According to Zehel, The Gathering Place and Memory Matters programs, which focus on the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, spiritual and community elements of wellness for individuals suffering from memory loss, are growing rapidly.

“The Gathering Place program runs three days a week on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Memory Matters runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays,” Zehel said. “We are literally busting at the seams right now. There is a big need out there and the demand for these programs is very high.

“Right now we have 40 participants and 96 volunteers that help out with our programs,” she said. “We are in the process of working on expanding our location in the near future, so the upcoming year is promising to be very busy for us.”

Zehel says in order to maintain its commitment to maintain at least one volunteer per program participant, The Gathering Place- Memory Matters continues to seek new volunteers.

“We have a great group of volunteers, but we are always looking for more people to help out,” Zehel said. “We have quite a few snowbirds that leave in the winter, so there are some gaps that we always need to fill.

“In particular, we are currently seeking male volunteers as we have a large group of male participants that would benefit from having some additional male volunteers in our program,” she said.

Those interested in volunteer opportunities are asked to contact Gathering Place-Memory Matters Volunteer Coordinator Carol Bimmel at 627-6847.

Families of potential Gathering Place-Memory Matters program participants can learn more about the program by contacting Execu- tive Director Leah Zehel at 627- 6847.

More information on The Gathering Place-Memory Matters can also be found at memorymattersmost.com


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