The Odessa Record -

Crowd fills community center for hospital benefit


--Photos for The Record by Terrie Schmidt-Crosby.

The after-dinner desserts featured fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate and cordials in various flavors.

The Odessa Community Center was filled almost to capacity last Friday evening for the 27th Annual Wine Tasting, Microbrew Sampling & Auctions. As reported in Danielle Scrupps's article in last week's issue of The Record, there were some new and exciting items to bid on this year.

Chuck Yarbro was the auctioneer for the evening and kept the action moving right along with assistance from Todd King, Brenik Iverson, Bill Bell and others who served as his spotters.

The buffet table was filled with finger foods prepared and served by the school's chapter of Future Business Leaders of America. The chapter has been busy with such events and other fund-raising efforts in anticipation of sending several of its members to Baltimore at the end of June for the annual National Leadership Conference.

The OTC management group that filled the head table was seated at well-appointed place settings using actual china, metal cutlery and cloth napkins. The other visitors to the event made do with paper plates, plastic utensils and paper napkins. The head table were the first ones allowed to fill their plates as they traveled down the buffet table.

Members and spouses of Odessa Trading Company management sit at the head table at Friday's event to benefit the Odessa medical community. Clockwise from left are Linnie and Bud Largent, Ted and Pam (partially hidden) Suchland, April and Don Strebeck and HP and Coreen Carstensen.

As the wine and brews were sampled, the attendees returned again and again to the silent auction tables to monitor their bids or just to see what they might have missed the first time through. The three sections of the silent auction were well filled with all kinds of items and activities that drew much interest.

Funds raised at this year's event will be used to purchase an Elder Care Package for Quail Court that consists of a wander management system to safeguard the residents and a generator to ensure availability of electrical power during an outage. The second item is a new medication cart for the hospital, a Metro Lionville 600 medication cart. The hospital's current cart has long been in use and many of its parts no longer function well.

The event drew folks from far and wide and has become one of the social events of the year in Odessa. It is always a fun event for a very good cause. If you've never been, mark it on your calendar for next year, May 3, 2019.


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