2017 Good Samaritan Dinner
By Tyler Weaber
“You are invited to be a part of this legacy of benevolence” read the invitations for our annual Good Samaritan Fund Dinner that Londonderry Village hosts each year. On Tuesday, October 10th the doors to our Di Matteo Worship center opened and gave way to almost 200 attendees who enjoyed a delicious dinner followed by exciting entertainment. Twenty-four reserved tables adorned by gold and purple linens with floral centerpieces made way for a beautiful evening of fellowship, fun and laughter.
Our Good Samaritan Fund is a benevolent fund established by the Londonderry Village Board of Directors to help cover the cost of Skilled Care or Personal Care for residents who can no longer afford to pay all of their own expenses through no fault of their own. Annually, our Good Samaritan Fund helps to cover in excess of $1.8 million of care costs for our Elders.
A tradition started over 30 years ago, this year’s attendees enjoyed an autumn salad, pork loin roast covered in a marsala gravy, duchess potatoes plus a carrot, green bean and cranberry vegetable medley and ending with marble chocolate chip cheese brulee served with coffee and tea. The meal was served by 24 volunteers that was made up of Londonderry Village staff, residents from the Palmyra community and members from some of our supporting churches. These volunteers dressed in black and white worked hard to provide excellent service to all those who attended.
Londonderry Village was honored this year to play host to the magical stylings of Joshua Lozoff. Recently one of only two magicians invited to perform at the World’s Fair in Japan, Lozoff brought his performance to us and provided a fun evening for all who attended.
This year’s dinner raised more than $30,000 for our Good Samaritan Fund. It is because of special events such as our Good Samaritan Fund Dinner, our Annual Estate & Yard Sale and our Annual Chicken BBQ & Auction that the Good Samaritan Fund can continue to help care for our elders, giving them the financial and physical care they need to live a long happy life here at Londonderry Village. Thanks to Arthur Funk & Sons, Inc., Crossroads Technologies, Inc., Martin Appliance / Martin Water Conditioning, and Shope Gardens Construction, Inc. for helping to underwrite the event. A special “thank you” goes out to Londonderry Village’s Administrative Assistant, Amy Wiest, our Development Committee, our staff, volunteers, event patrons and event sponsors all who helped make this event success.