On September 17th at 10 a.m., 97 walkers and 27 volunteers gathered at St. Bonaventure University to help raise funds for the HomeCare & Hospice Foundation at the agency’s 20th Annual Hospice Walk & Run!
Participants started arriving at 9 a.m. to register for the walk and put tickets in for the basket raffle. Coffee and doughnuts were provided. Though the weather was temperamental and rainy, the sky cleared at 10 a.m. as the walkers gathered at the starting line where Olean Mayor Bill Aiello welcomed everyone and “officially” started the walk. After the walk was finished, participants were invited to eat pizza, popcorn and other snacks, take part in the basket raffle and “pick” their personalized flower from the memorial garden.
Food donors included Country Fair, Napoli Pizza, Premier Banquets & Catering, Rieds Food Barn, 7/11, Sparky’s Pizza & Subs, Tim Hortons and Total Senior Care. The event was sponsored by the following: Acme Business Machines; Buffamante, Whipple, Buttafaro, PC; Casella Waste Systems, Inc.; Community Bank N.A.; Cutco; Duggan & Duggan General Contractor, Inc.; Flower Alternatives; Gas Field Specialist/Energy Rentals LLC; Olean Medical Group; Olean Times Herald; Park Centre Development; Dr. Bryan Petrysza; Pulaski Club of Olean Inc.; Register Graphics, Inc.; Reisner Law Group, PLLC; Ried’s Food Barn; Rinker Oil Corporation; Sports Locker; TransAm; and Walmart.
Overall, $17,280 was raised for Hospice services! The Hospice High Scorer Cup was awarded to Team Cutco, who raised $1,270. Top pledge earners were given special prizes to choose from. Rosemary Shadden, who raised $2,600, was this year’s top earner and chose a Cutco 7 piece Galley Block Knife Set. Next was Jackie Falk, who raised $1,075. Jackie chose the “Sweet Stay in Ellicottville” gift package, which included an overnight stay at the Wyndham Hotel in Ellicottville. Bill O’Connell, who raised $810, was next and chose the Sports, Fitness and Food Package, which included tickets to an upcoming St. Bonaventure Basketball game. Scott Kruse, who raised $325, received a Greater Olean Area Gift Certificate. Deb Hammond, who raised $230, went home with the Buffalo Sports Package, which included tickets to a Buffalo Bisons game.
Gift basket donors this year included Ponderosa, Holiday Valley, Perkins Restaurant, Sprague’s Maple Farms, A&J’s Subs, Pizza & Grill, Lester’s Shoe Fly Bonus Bucks, The Cheesecake Factory, Ellicottville Spirits, Pleasant Valley Greenhouse, Alexandra’s Wingate by Wyndham (Ellicottville), Holiday Inn Express, Cutco, Olean Medical Group, McDonald’s, Tricia Henzel, Microtel Inn & Suites, On the Side Liquor, Watson’s Chocolates, Kazoo II, Buffalo Sabres, Armond’s, AutoZone, St. Bonaventure University, Buffalo Bisons, Buffalo Bandits and YMCA of Olean.
Congratulations to all of our gift basket winners: Kim Kruse, Sierra Sisson, Dominic Breton, R. Johnson, Dan Bailey, Jacki Falk, Pat Coats, Ira Katzenstein, and Jack Lorenz.