Elaine Kraemer, CWPV Foundation President
The CWPV Foundation finished 2018 with a flourish at the Third Annual Eat, Drink and Be Merry Dinner and Charity Raffle! The San Tan Ballroom was beautifully decorated and full of holiday lights. The food was delicious and ample. After the raffle, the Riff Raff Band provided music for the 270 festive partygoers to dance the night away.
Three banquet tables were filled with raffle prizes at the Eat, Drink and Be Merry Dinner and Charity Raffle: 26 awesome themed baskets, a brand-new golf bag and a box of 12 10-ounce rib eye steaks! The raffle raised $2,130 for the CWPV Foundation! Many, many thanks to all the individual supporters and wonderful businesses that donated prizes and to everyone who purchased raffle tickets!
That same evening, the CWPV Foundation presented a grant to Sherrie Friend from Sun Lakes Creative Engagement Partners to fund their 2019 Music Therapy program for East Valley residents with Parkinson’s Disease and memory problems. Including this grant, the CWPV Foundation was able to make grants and donations totaling $26,834 in 2018!
Another grant made by the CWPV Foundation in 2018 funded the start-up of a local chapter of the national Walk with A Doc program. The walking area is around Cottonwood’s Five Lakes (across from the tennis courts). The first Sun Lakes’ Walk with A Doc event was held January 12, 2019. The next walks are scheduled for February 9 and March 9, 2019. Dr Charles Hu, Trauma Medical Director at Dignity Health Chandler Regional Medical, walked with the group and gave some advice about avoiding injuries and staying healthy. Participation in the Walk with A Doc program is free! More information can be found on their website, https://walkwithadoc.org/our-locations/sunlakes/.
Our 50/50 Raffles will continue in 2019 at the Cottonwood TAD concerts. It’s worth noting that there have been several raffle awards in excess of $400! Please join us for any or all of the upcoming shows: Fly Boys on February 6, 3 International Tenors on February 12 and Rat Pack on February 26.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Everyone!