Ashe County residents have been working to raise funds for area caregivers through the High Country Caregiver Foundation.
Last week, a caregiver appreciation luncheon and resource fair was held at Riverview Community Center. Caregivers were provided a free barbecue lunch with all the fixings as well as goodie bags and door prizes.
Area service providers sponsored the event to cover the costs of the meal and provided goodies and door prizes.
“The luncheon gave caregivers a chance to get a delicious meal, meet with other caregivers like themselves and learn about options available in Ashe County,” said Heather Samudio, director of community relations at Forest Ridge Assisted Living.
The fundraiser is coordinated by the Ashe and Alleghany Expansion team of the HCCF. Their next fundraiser is a benefit breakfast, set for Friday, May 19, at Shatley Springs Restaurant, from 7 to 10:30 a.m.
“Lee McMillan has been very generous to allow us to host the benefit breakfast there and the foundation receives half of the proceeds to go towards the respite voucher program,” Samudio said.
HCCF provides respite vouchers for caregivers who qualify and offers information on available services. The group also hosts a caregiver support group and Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP).
“The vouchers allow caregivers to get a much-needed break, and can be used for a short-term stay in assisted living, in-home care or adult day care,” Samudio said. “Anyone who has ever provided care to others, whether personally or professionally, understands the importance of a break.”
The cost for the benefit breakfast is $11 per person and includes an all-you-can-eat family-style breakfast. Tickets can be purchased at the door.
The group is also selling tickets for the chance to win an acoustic/electric guitar, handcrafted out of a cigar box. The guitar was made by folk artist, Otis Watson, the great-nephew of the late Doc Watson.
Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. All proceeds will be used to help local caregivers. The guitar has a retail value of $300 and comes with its own handmade display case.
To purchase a ticket or for more information, contact Heather Samudio at (336) 846-1008 or visit www.hccgf.org.
For more information about the foundation, respite vouchers or to get involved with the Ashe and Alleghany Expansion Team, contact Brenda Reece at (828) 265-5434, extension 128 or email [email protected] or Heather Samudio.