Bethel Benefactor Dinner 2017
The 21st Annual Bethel Foundation Benefactor Dinner and Auction was held April 20, 2017. As a community of member churches, donors, friends, partners and employees, the Dakota Prairie Playhouse Event Center was filled to near capacity with 367 people joining together to raise nearly $64,000, making this our largest event ever.
This year’s theme was, “A Community Woven Together for Caring Service.”
“Bethel Community is woven together by dedicated staff and volunteers, loyal congregations and generous donors, to provide residents with quality care of body, mind, and spirit,” says Rosie Jamison, Bethel’s Resource Development Coordinator.
Friends of Bethel enjoyed a fun evening that included a silent dessert auction, live auction, and special messages from Administrator Lisa Schaefer and Foundation Board of Directors President Mark Schultz.
Special thanks to Wayne Bessman and Rick Becker who were the auctioneers, and to all the businesses, table hosts, auction donors, and individuals who attended. Your gifts truly make a difference for the residents who choose to call Bethel their home.
Coming up: Bethel Picnic 2017
Resident family members are invited to join us for the annual Bethel Family Picnic on August 12, 2017, beginning at noon. Each resident may have as many family members as they wish to attend the event. Please bring a dish to pass that will feed 6-10 people, and lawn chairs.
Bethel will provide the meat, drinks, plates, cups and eating utensils, as well as utensils for serving desserts. No alcohol is allowed. Please call the Bethel office at 605.256.4539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, by August 11 to let us know how many will attend this fun summer event.
Nursing Home Week 2017
Bethel Community celebrated National Nursing Home Week May 14-20, 2017, with a variety of activities supporting the national theme, “The Spirit of America,” which highlights the bond among staff, residents and volunteers capturing the American spirit.
Established by the American Health Care Association in 1967, National Nursing Home Week provides an opportunity for residents and their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and surrounding communities to acknowledge the role of skilled nursing care centers in caring for America’s seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Events celebrated throughout the week aimed to encourage fun acts of kindness, generosity, compassion at Bethel, and to recognize those who have helped residents enjoy a better quality of life. “We are grateful that so many people in our community are coming together to celebrate the work we do,” said Lisa Schaefer, Bethel’s Administrator. “It’s a time to give thanks for all that we do for one another. Everything we have planned captures the unique spirit of the Bethel team.”
Events included Staff Olympics such as wheelchair races, egg-on-a-spoon races, and a hula hoop contest; a food drive and a $200 donation to the Lake County Food Pantry; special dress-up themes each day of the week; and Pie and Apron Day, when residents taste-tested homemade pies and declare a winner during afternoon coffee time.