SMC Hospice hosts annual Flavors of Fall
By Kate Johnson
Walking into the civic center provided a direct hit to a few key senses. Hearing laughs and bellowing voices move through the room, seeing people weave through the crowd or gaze long at the auction table deciding what to bid on – moving section to section, table to table. Feeling the warmth of the room hit your cheeks upon your own entrance, inhaling deeply of the room’s aroma, full of tantalizing scents of the food and beverages being ingested. Being completely immersed in the Flavors of Fall.
Last Saturday, Oct. 10, the Beulah Civic Center hosted the Sakakawea Medical Center Hospice and its Flavors of Fall event. This event was a beer tasting evening (attendees were required to be 21 years or older), and included silent and live auctions as well. Tables were set up and filled with items available for attendees to bid on. Other tables offered an array of different seasonal beers, as well as a long table filled with all the delicious edibles for those in attendance.
The fundraiser was held to support SMC Hospice, a philosophy of care that treats the person rather than the disease.
“The goal of hospice care is to improve the quality of a patient’s last months by offering comfort and dignity,” according to Hospice Director Lori Knoll.
Flavors of Fall was the third annual event of its kind for the SMC Hospice.
“The idea started with the Hospice Fundraising Committee and Kim and Kelly Kessler – of Bronson’s Marketplace – wanting to partner up and have a fall event in Beulah,” says Knoll. “The rest is history.”
Beer vendors for the event were Ed Phillips, Jerome’s, and McQuade’s, all offering seven to eight different beers under their individual names. All food and beverages are available at Bronson’s Marketplace located in Beulah.
There were a total of 51 donors towards the silent auction portion of the night and 70 donors towards the live auction. All auction items were very different.