By RENEE WEBB
The Holy Spirit Foundation Board in Sioux City has initiated a new fundraiser to benefit Holy Spirit Retirement Home.
Spirit of Home will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 12 at the Sioux City Country Club. Larry and Sharon Walsh will serve as the 2017 honorary chair couple.
According to Ranee Ehrich, director of marketing and development at Holy Spirit, it will be a casual, social evening where people can enjoy food, drinks and live music, all while supporting Holy Spirit.
Organizers anticipate the Spirit of Home fundraiser will become an annual event.
“There will be refreshments and hors d’oeuvres served, as well as desserts,” said Amy Bloch, a member of the Holy Spirit Board and chair of the event committee. “There will also be entertainment and a short program. The Stockyard Kings will be playing during the social/refreshment hour and The Bathtub Dogs will be the main entertainment.”
The Stockyard Kings three-piece rock band, with Sioux City roots, deliver a soulful palette of Americana, Chicago blues, funk, reggae and rock. Singer and songwriter Byron Kuehl fronts the band on lead guitar and vocals, supported by Chicago native Billy Rider on blues harp. Veteran bassist Sam Irish lends his vocals and dynamic improvisation to the mix.
Bathtub Dogs formed in 2002 when two University of Nebraska students gathered a group of their most talented friends to sing together. Since then, their small group of singers has evolved into a thriving a cappella ensemble. When they are not in class at UNL, the “Dogs” perform on campus and throughout the region. Last fall the group released its sixth studio album, Recess, from which a track was selected for 2016’s national Best of College A Cappella album.
“The proceeds from the evening will go towards larger capital projects such as building a new house for the five sisters who work for us and are from the country of India, new resident transportation van, more parking, new furniture and beds on second floor, new steamtable for the kitchen, new windows in assisted living and new outdoor signs,” said Ehrich.
She pointed out the fundraiser also will help them spread the word about Holy Spirit’s mission, as they support the larger projects and improvements needed for the facility that was originally built in 1968.
“It is important for our community to be aware of what Holy Spirit offers our community as the only faith-based nursing home in the area,” Bloch said. “While we have wonderful staff who provide the highest-quality care, the facility needs repair and enhancement to provide the best experience for the residents and their families who come to visit.”
She acknowledged many people in the community are not aware of the facility itself or its services.
“We hope to bring a spotlight on what is available for those needing services once they are unable to live on their own,” Bloch said. “Holy Spirit is an environment where people are treated with great care, kindness and respect.”
Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased online at www.holyspiritretirementhome.com. Seating is limited, so RSVPs are requested by May 1. For more information, contact Bloch at Catholic Charities at (712) 252-4547. Sponsorships are also available online.