Raising a glass, raising funds for hospice

By Corene Brisendine

Manhattanites gathered downtown Wednesday evening to taste wine, eat hors d’oeuvres and donate to a local charity. 

Homecare and Hospice sponsored its eighth Promenade on Poyntz in an effort to raise money for the agency’s charitable care services, said Christina Nolte, director of development. Participants bought a tax-deductible ticket that provided them with a map listing the names and locations of each business participating. They also got a wine glass to carry and a list of what each business is offering for wine.

Nolte said they have sold out six out of seven years, and were hoping they would sell out again for this event.

Throughout the fiscal year, Homecare had provided $64,000 in charitable care to local residents, and Promenade on Poyntz helped make that care possible.

The event began in the mall courtyard at the end of Poyntz.

Pat Keating said he and his wife, Rita Keating, participate every year, although this year he brought his son, Daniel, instead. (His wife was in Kansas City preparing for another charity event, he said.)

“It’s really all about Homecare and Hospice,” Keating said. “It’s a great charity, and we are happy to support it.” The Keating Family’s $500,000 donation toward construction of the Good Shepherd Hospice House gave them naming rights to that facility.

Daniel said he had attended three times in the past and enjoyed not only supporting the cause, but also the wine, food and community.

Each year downtown businesses choose to participate by serving a white and red wine along with a variety of treats to complement each wine. Nolte said this year 10 business participated. One was Steve’s Floral. Jan Miller, owner of Steve’s, said she has participated every year. She not only opens her doors after hours for a good cause, but also because Homecare and Hospice helped her brother.

“It is very near and dear to my heart,” Miller said. “They were very helpful when my brother passed and I will always be grateful for that.”

Miller said this year Steve’s featured fudge made by a woman from the area. They also served chips and queso from Carlos O’Kelly’s.

Homecare and Hospice provides the wine through its partnership with Standard Beverage, Nolte said. Standard Beverage approached the agency 14 years ago in an effort to find a local charity to support, said Rita Faires, the firm’s director of corporate development.

“It really enables us to be a part of the community and thank the community for supporting us,” Faires said. “Homecare and Hospice is a great partner and we really enjoy working with them.”

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