A large crowd filled the Brunswick Eagles Hall, 349 Pearl Road, January 26, to support a benefit for the HANDS Foundation, whose mission for the past 25 years has been dedicated to helping seniors in Medina County.
The enthusiastic and generous attendees were treated to an outstanding breakfast buffet prepared by Danbury Senior Living Chef Bryant Watson. Serving the delicious meal that included praline French toast, creamy potato-cheese casserole, scrambled eggs, bacon, biscuits and gravy, fresh fruit, assorted muffins, juice, and coffee were Danbury Executive Director Deb Lougheed and her husband Doug, and Director of Sales and Marketing Jessica Jenkins and her husband Tom.
There were countless opportunities for guests to win prizes of all sizes, but the main attraction of the day was the reverse raffle that offered a grand prize of $1,500.
Just before caller Paul Lewandoski started the reverse raffle, Event Coordinator Lori Betz asked Carol Fritz and Deb Ohlrich to come forward. The two women, representing the Brunswick Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, then presented a $500 check from the Auxiliary to HANDS Board President Chrissie Waller.
Waller expressed gratitude to the Auxiliary on behalf of the Foundation. She told the gathered guests that because of the continuous generosity and support of the Eagles, the Foundation was able to grant more than 150 Senior Wishes in 2019, at a cost of about $20,000.
Lewandoski began the raffle countdown/elimination, recognizing every 25th number with a consolation amount until all but the last 10 remaining numbers had been eliminated. Five of those 10 ticket holders received consolation prizes made by former HANDS Executive Director Cindie Schneider.
The final five ticket holders decided among themselves whether to split the grand prize or go until only one person was left. They opted to take their chances and go for one single winner, who turned out to be a surprised but delighted Jessica Jenkins.
The winners of the sideboards and raffle baskets were announced, door prizes were awarded, and everyone left filled with a hearty breakfast and good feelings because they had been able to support such a worthy cause while having so much fun.
The HANDS Foundation, which "helps those who have helped us," was originally founded by the late Don Simpson in 1995.