In August, the Warm Hearth Foundation held the ninth annual Cheeseburger in Parrot-dise fundraising event kicking off its annual fund drive. This year’s event raised more than $43,000 with the support of sponsors, local businesses, volunteers and attendees and funds will be used to support the Neighbors In Need fund for seniors on the campus of Warm Hearth Village (WHV). The Foundation works to help Village seniors who need support with basic necessities including housing, food, personal care and household cleaning items, pet supplies and health care services. The record funds raised will help provide continued assistance to approximately 178 residents on campus through a variety of programs.
The event included a silent auction made possible by donors and local businesses and live entertainment by the Randy Clay Band, from North Carolina. Nearly 250 guests enjoyed cheeseburgers and side dishes provided by The Corner at Clay Street, Hethwood Market, Holiday Inn New River Valley Mall, The Fireside Grill and The Village Gourmet.
Jack and Betty Onufrak, new residents at Warm Hearth Village, came for the first time. “This was a great introduction to the spirit of this community. It was so fun, friendly and colorful, with some of the best burgers. The pirate costumes were amazing,” Onufrak said. “Betty and I will definitely come again.”
Warm Hearth Village and the Foundation are grateful to all who participated – from loyal sponsors to Village staff who volunteer to those who come and have fun! “One of our attendees shared with me that they have been to many fundraising events over the years and the Cheeseburger in Parrot-dise event is by far the best from planning and execution to most importantly knowing that you are helping a great cause,” said Karen Nelson, Associate Director of Development. “Next year is the 10th anniversary of the event and plans have already begun to make it the best ever,” she added.