Village Project benefit to be held on Feb. 25

Nourishing ourselves and our loved ones is a goal that is important to most of us. Nourishing our neighbors experiencing a cancer crisis has been the mission of Village Project for the past six years. During that time over 20,000 meals and sustaining services have been delivered to more than 200 families in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

The second annual NOURISH fundraising gala is being held this month to benefit Village Project, enabling it to continue to serve local cancer patients and their families. You are invited to join the party to experience an evening of food, fun, entertainment, fellowship and giving. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6-10 p.m. at Hyland Headquarters Building 3 located at 28105 Clemens Road in Westlake.

This year’s event has an indoor street festival theme, complete with globe string lights, lanterns and street signs. Popular local band, The Feedbacks, will entertain the crowd with live music from the '60s to today.

While food is at the core of what Village Project provides to its clients, NOURISH guests will not only enjoy tasty eats, but also get to explore the multi-generational, community-focused mission of Village Project in a fun, unforgettable atmosphere. You will be taken on a culinary journey throughout the evening, traveling to different food stations which illustrate the many ways Village Project serves both its clients and the community.

The festive evening also offers the opportunity to participate in a Chinese raffle and to bid on extraordinary silent auction items, including two orchestra level tickets to a concert and dinner at Severance Hall, two Cavs tickets, and a grilling techniques class for up to eight people that includes specialty steaks, seafood or chicken, side dishes, paired wines and craft beers.

In addition, there is a Grand Prize raffle for $3,000 towards a dream vacation of the winner’s choice. Tickets for the Grand Prize raffle are sold separately and can be purchased even if you are not attending NOURISH at a cost of $20 each or three for $50.

NOURISH is an adults-only event. Tickets are $100 per person and must be bought in advance by Feb. 17. They will not be sold at the door. Purchase tickets online at To order NOURISH tickets over the phone or find out how to purchase Grand Prize raffle tickets, please call 440-348-9401.

Light a lantern

At NOURISH, lanterns will be hung to honor those who have been affected by cancer. Whether it is to honor someone who is fighting cancer, in memory of someone who lost their battle or to simply give gratitude to a caregiver, family member or friend who made a difference in the life of someone who had cancer, light a lantern by telling us your story about how cancer has touched your life or that of a loved one. The lanterns, which are free of charge, will be displayed during the event, and all names will be honored in the benefit program.

VP Program Manager Janis Reinke invites the community to “help us make a statement of just how many of us are touched by cancer.” To light a lantern in tribute to someone, please call 440-348-9401, email, or share on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Nourish your body, mind and spirit this winter with a fun evening out as you help to support and sustain this vital local organization.

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a volunteer for Village Project. 

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.07.2017