BY JOANNE FOX
The Holy Spirit Foundation Board in Sioux City initiated a new event recently to benefit the Sioux City facility.
“Spirit of Home,” a casual, social evening, was held on May 12 at the Sioux City Country Club. The event included performances by The Stockyard Kings, a three-piece rock band, with Sioux City roots, and the Bathtub Dogs, an a cappella ensemble from Nebraska. Larry and Sharon Walsh served as the 2017 honorary chair couple.
According to Renee DeMay, chairperson of the Holy Spirit Foundation Board, the fundraising committee set “what we thought were realistic expectations.”
“Our initial goal was to have a warm, welcoming and well-run event,” she said. “We wanted those in attendance to leave knowing a little bit more about Holy Spirit, the great staff who serve its residents and how they could support the foundation’s efforts going forward.”
DeMay admitted that financially, the committee “hoped to just break even,” while having something to build on for future fundraisers.
“Thanks to the efforts of our committee and the generous supporters of Holy Spirit we far exceeded our goal, raising more than $50,000 to benefit the foundation,” she said.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will help support projects to improve the facilities, provide needed equipment and enhance services for all Holy Spirit residents, DeMay reported.
“Some of the priorities include improved accommodations for the Holy Spirit sisters who work in various positions at Holy Spirit, a new van to transport residents, additional parking, more functional furniture and new beds for resident rooms and upgraded facility signage,” she said.
Amy Bloch, a member of the Holy Spirit Board and chair of the event committee, emphasized the importance for area residents “to be aware of what Holy Spirit offers our community as the only faith-based nursing home in the area.”
“We hoped to bring a spotlight on what is available for those needing services once they are unable to live on their own,” she said. “Holy Spirit is an environment where people are treated with great care, kindness and respect.”
DeMay was impressed by the outpouring of support by those in attendance at the fundraiser.
“Obviously we are humbled and incredibly grateful for the money raised, but really, the best part of the event was to see the crowd of more than 250 Holy Spirit enthusiasts come together – residents, family, staff members, volunteers and friends, as well as Bishop Walker Nickless and many area priests – out of affection for and support of this special place that has touched the hearts of so many.”
Organizers anticipate the Spirit of Home fundraiser will become an annual event.
“Plans are already underway for our second annual Spirit of Home fundraiser,” DeMay said. “This was a great event to build on for next year.”