Village Projectís 5th annual NOURISH will be held on Feb. 29

Nourish – to sustain with food or nutriment; to cherish, foster, keep alive; to strengthen, build up or promote. Nourishment is essential to growth, health and well-being.

An example of this life-supporting process happens in the garden when a tiny seed is nourished by rain-softened soil, and with the help of warm, gentle rays from the sun, is coaxed to sprout, unfurl its leaves, and eventually burst into bloom.

Similarly, each week Village Project volunteers – of many ages and abilities – come together to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer. In VP’s almost 10 years of existence, over 28,000 nutritious meals and extended services have been provided to over 285 families living in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

On Feb. 29, you will get an opportunity to provide sustenance to this vital organization at its annual NOURISH gala to be held from 6-10 p.m. at Hyland’s Building 3 at 28105 Clemens Road in Westlake. Over 100 Village Project volunteers have spent months planning and preparing for this phenomenal event. Everyone is invited to experience this uplifting evening to help VP reach its goal of raising $130,000.

With a nod to Leap Day, NOURISH guests will “spring” forward to find themselves in a beautiful garden in bloom as they enjoy lovely floral decorations, many designed by talented, creative local students. This year’s delicious food will be provided by Thyme Catering and Village Project. As always, food will be served by our incredible student chefs.

In addition to taste-tempting food stations and beverages, the festive evening offers games, activities and opportunities to win – guests can participate in a basket raffle, make their pick from a wine and/or gift card pull, and bid on extraordinary silent auction items. Here are just a few auction items that may pique your interest:

  • A week’s vacation in Sanibel Island
  • Two tickets for Playhouse Square KeyBank Broadway Series
  • Four tickets to the Broadway Series show “Frozen” and “Frozen” merchandise
  • A month of Village Project dinners for four delivered to your door once a week
  • The hottest food truck in town from Thyme Table

The good news is that you can bid on silent auction items even if you are not able to attend NOURISH. Please check Village Project’s website to get details on how to participate in the auction. Bidding begins a week prior to the event.

In addition, your attendance is not required to win the grand prize raffle for $3,000 towards a dream vacation of your own choosing. Tickets for the grand prize raffle are sold separately and can be purchased on the website for $20 each or three for $50.

Tribute lanterns will be visible throughout the venue. Each of the lanterns is dedicated to honor someone who is fighting cancer, in memory of someone, or simply to give gratitude to a caregiver, family member or friend who made a difference in the life of someone who had cancer.

An event ticket to NOURISH includes dinner, beer and wine, music, entertainment and free valet parking. Tickets are $110 each or 10 for $1,000 and must be purchased by Feb. 21. To learn more about NOURISH and purchase event tickets, grand prize raffle tickets, NOURISH T-shirts or dedicate a lantern, visit: ourvillageproject.com/nourish. NOURISH purchases also can be made at Village Project’s Project Shoppe on Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information, call the Village Project office at 440-348-9401.

NOURISH sponsorship opportunities are still available, including limited opportunities to reserve a private room for you and your guests. Even if you are not able to attend, there are additional ways you can help the cause, including donating gift cards or wine valued at $20 or higher. Village Project is also accepting donations of services and items for the silent auction, as well as themed raffle baskets. More information about these opportunities can be found on the VP website.

Diane Frye

I am a Bay Village resident and a Board Member for Village Project. 

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:46 AM, 02.04.2020