Pascale's at Drumlins was the setting for this years Sarah's Guest House signature event. It was a lovely evening, with 260 attendees, many of them in costume, Pascale's delicious fare, period appropriate drinks and a wide variety of auction items to bid on.
The mood was festive with our Great Gatsby theme. We listened to the sweet sound of roaring twenties inspired music spun by deejay Jack Jones, and a team of Tango professionals entertained us with Argentinian Tangos.
Big winners at the auction tables were Paul and Denise Daniels, Jim and Julie Cecile , Carol Smith, Jeff and Katie Boyea and the Youker sisters.
More than $56,000 was raised to help provide lodging and meals for our guests at Sarah's Guest House. These events are so important, not just in the money that is raised, but in the relationships that are created. Often people who attend are just learning about our mission of healthcare hospitality.
We are grateful once again to Empower Federal Credit Union for supplying the volunteers for the evening, as well as being the entertainment sponsors. Hematology Oncology Associates and the Upstate Radiation Oncology were very generous sponsors and we are so thankful for their ongoing support.
Chairperson Rita Torsney-Sullivan made it look easy, but we know how hard she works to make this perfect for the people who support Sarah's Guest House. Rita came to us 4 years ago when we made a plea for event volunteers. She did such a great job, that she now not only has become the chair, she serves as secretary on the Board of Directors. Thank you Rita for all that you do.
Thank you to all who attended. Everywhere we looked, people seemed to be enjoying themselves. We are looking forward to a similar event, same time next year so ladies, be on the lookout for that perfect flapper dress and gents, your fedora.
We are pleased to announce a new name and trademark for Sarah House. Effective on March 5, 2014, Sarah House will be Sarah's Guest House.
This new name pays homage to our history while providing a more direct link to the services we offer and our future opportunities.
Founded in 1994, Sarah House is the only adult healthcare hospitality house in Central New York. Our name change is important. We want to be sure that anyone who needs our services will know about our mission; that we are available to meet their healthcare lodging needs. The subtle changes we have made will allow people to more clearly understand our mission. We provide lodging to patients and families of patients.
The new trademark reinforces our mission and is built around our four brand pillars:
The continuous efforts of these pillars intertwine into a new whole that invokes the infinite cycle of care in the lives of our guests. We care for them as they care for themselves and their loved ones.
This year, Sarah's Guest House enters is 20th year of service. We feel this professional approach to our mission sets us on the path for the next 20 years and beyond.
After March 5, you will notice our logo on our brochures, website, correspondence, mailing and promotional materials and with our partner hospitals where we can reach our guests directly.
GivingTuesday is a national movement established to mobilize charities, families, businesses, nonprofits and people like you, to come together and give more. Help support Sarah House during movement for a chance to win $5,000!
The Central New York Community Foundation's social media competition is encouraging the Central New York audience to vote for their favorite local nonprofit via Facebook and Twitter.
We ask you to tweet via Twitter or post on the Community Foundation's Facebook wall stating Sarah House and the hashtag #GivingTuesdayCNY. We appreciate the support!
Thanks to our friend and former guest, Jamie, for writing such a beautiful and important letter to the editor on behalf of Sarah House. It is wonderful to see that our impact extends beyond Syracuse and to know that we have been a special part of this family's journey.
Sarah House now has its own United Way ID# so that friends can designate all or part of their United Way contributions to be distributed to Sarah House. If your company offers United Way giving through payroll deduction, or if you give to the United Way directly, write in Sarah House, ID# 43095 on your donation form and the funds you designate will benefit the House. You must use our ID# 43095 for Sarah House to receive funding. We are very excited to be a part of the United Way program and greatly appreciate your support!
We are the honored and grateful recipients of a $10,000 grant from The James and Juli Boeheim Foundation! This grant will provide lodging, transportation and meals for cancer patients living outside our community, allowing them access to the medical care they need to fight their disease. Families come to Syracuse to utilize medical services that they cannot access in their own hometown. Sarah House provides a safe and comfortable place for these patients and their loved ones while they are here being treated. We are truly grateful for the Boeheim's recognition of this need and, of course, for their generosity!