The ”ALL STAR GALA” Was Fun; Celebrating Child Grief Awareness
On Friday, November 17th, 2017; It was an honor to present Dr. Dan Nelson, Dr. Sharon Phillips and Chesterwood Village Hillandale Family Healing Hearts Residents Cathy Howard, Shannon Bryant, Don Devore, Doyce Schleusener, Ginny Elrod, and Mary Lou Benson with our Hope, Strength and Healing Award at our fifth “All Star Gala” at the Savannah Center in West Chester Ohio.
We also want to recognize several organizations that have supported COJ, some from the beginning. These are our Companions of Hope for 2017. St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Community Foundation of WCL, Envisions Partnership, Spring Grove Funeral Homes and Indiana Wesleyan University.
The evening began with Silent Auctions, Raffles, ring toss, and cocktails, followed by an elegant dinner of filet or salmon. The award presentations took place after dinner ending with music and dancing provided by “The Remains” band. Everyone in attendance had a fabulous time!
The words spoken by Liz Pieniazek were heartfelt and inspiring as she talked about her Journey of Grief
Tay Shawn Elliott ended the memorial and awards presentation with a beautiful rendition of the Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody (from the ‘Ghost’ Soundtrack).
Phillip Bryant (now in college) shared how important COJ has been in his Life as he continues to support the organization.
The “All Star Gala” could not have been a success without the help of many individuals and sponsors.
We want to publicly thank those who support us in our mission to provide hope for the bereaved in our community. Thank you volunteers and sponsors; It is sometime said “It takes a village”
On behalf of our organization, we thank each of our volunteers for giving of their time, talents and treasure. Each of these individuals are blessed gifts to those whom we serve. This enables COJ to provide our services to the bereaved at no cost.
ProLink Healthcare Staffing, Atkinsons, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, CTI Restaurants, Chesterwood Village, Spring Grove, Fidelity Investments, Prosource, Mayfield Brain and Spine Centers, Berish Pain Management, Brightview Health Hodap Funeral Home, Mueller Funeral Home, Guardian Savings