Friday, October 3, 2014

News from the Fund Development Department at Redstone

Fund Development Team (L-R): Brandon Kerr,
Shawna Miller, Lisa Dormire, Brenda Sobota
The kids have gone back to school.  For some, this is a time of year that is dreaded.  For others, the kids returning to school is the best day of the year!  No matter how old we are, I think that we all remember the mixture of feelings with which we welcomed the first day of school each year.  The playful days of summer are behind us now, and it is time to return to the more structured rhythm that back-to-school brings.  It’s not much different here at Redstone.  Summer brings vacations, changes in activity schedules, and families visiting from out of town.  As we look ahead to autumn, however, we know that a chill in the air will soon return, and fall and winter activities will be upon us.  As the seasons change, we have some choices to make, don’t we? Like the child who doesn’t want to return to school, we can stomp our feet and bemoan the season.  Or, like the child who just can’t wait to return to the classroom, we can embrace the possibilities that the new season will bring to our lives.  May we be blessed with a spirit that allows us to continually welcome the changes, new possibilities, and hopes that arise with each new season.  There is much to look forward to here at Redstone Highlands as we embrace this time together!

Lisa Dormire
VP of Fund Development

2014 Highlands Fling: A Night at the Castle
On Saturday, November 15th, Redstone will hold its twelfth annual Highlands Fling fundraising event at the Greensburg Country Club.  The theme of the event will be “A Night at the Castle” and will feature medieval castle-inspired décor, food fit for royalty, and fun for all who attend.  WTAE’s Sally Wiggin (pictured to the right) will once again take the stage as our celebrity host for the evening.  The traditional auctions and raffles will be supplemented this year with a “Wine Grab” fundraiser.  Additionally, a $1,000 prize will go to the winner of the new Royal Medallion Game, and one lucky attendee will win a weekend “Castle Getaway Package” to the Buhl Mansion in nearby Sharon, PA.  Redstone hopes to repeat its successful track record of raising over $60,000 in proceeds at the Highlands Fling.  

How can you help?  Donations of prizes for both the live and silent auctions are needed.  Items can include sports memorabilia, event tickets, restaurant gift cards, vacation home

getaways, jewelry, and services such as car detailing, spa services, etc.  Bottles of wine valued at $20 or more are also needed to be used as part of the Wine Grab.

If an in-kind donation doesn’t suit you, monetary donations are a great way to contribute!  Individual tickets and table sponsorships are also available for those who would like to attend.  If you have any questions, please contact Brandon Kerr, Donor Liaison, at ext. 370.  Together we will make this event a great success in support of benevolent care at Redstone!

Community Charities Supported by Redstone Gives Activities!
The Redstone Gives program continues to involve residents and staff in raising funds for several community charities.  Each calendar year, Redstone selects several charities to support through a variety of fundraising projects, seeking to raise at least $1,000 for each one.  During the summer months, there were sales of cookies, blizzards, funnel cakes, and other items to raise funds for organizations like the Humane Society of Westmoreland County and the American Heart Association.  So far in 2014, over $6,000 have been raised for the charities of choice. These charities include the Benevolent Care Fund, the American Cancer Society, the Westmoreland County Food Bank, the American Heart Association, the Humane Society of Westmoreland County, and the Alzheimer’s Association.

 Upcoming fundraising events will include bake sales at Greensburg and North Huntingdon in October and a Food Drive in November!  Watch your mailbox and email and plan to participate as Redstone Gives in support of these wonderful community charities. 

Fund Development Staff Update
Megan Monack
We are excited to welcome to our team our new intern, Megan Monack!  Megan started working with us in early September and has already proved to be a wonderful asset.  She is a recent graduate of St. Vincent College with a degree in Communications.  Her internship will focus on general fund development work and some of the events related to the Redstone Gives Program. 


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