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What’s more important than fundraising – friendraising!

Rand donned his Dining with the Stars apron at El Meson and made every guest feel welcome, including Brenda Whitney. Brenda retired after many years as Executive Director at Resident Home. She now serves as a member of Partners Joint Development Committee. Like everyone else at Dining, she had a great time meeting Rand.

Rand donned his Dining with the Stars apron at El Meson and made every guest feel welcome, including Brenda Whitney. Brenda retired after many years as Executive Director at Resident Home. She now serves as a member of Partners Joint Development Committee. Like everyone else at Dining, she had a great time meeting Rand.

At Partners we have two very important goals for each of our fundraising activities. One, of course, is raising funds to add to the quality of life for people served by Choices In Community Living and Resident Home Association. The other is equally important or maybe even more important, and that is friendraising.

That’s what we did this year at our Dining with the Stars event when we were honored to have Claudia Cortez, Executive Director of the Dayton Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Rand Oliver, WENCO and the Hispanic Chamber, join us as two of our outstanding celebrity waiters.

The bonds of friendship with them were immediate and nothing illustrates that more than the early morning of June 4.  It was Garber Road staff member Helene Gordon’s birthday. She had met Rand at Dining with the Stars and had a great time bantering back and forth with him.

At 6:45 a.m. on the morning of her birthday as she was at work, the doorbell rang. She opened it to find Rand, his huge and gregarious smile, with 20 bagels, “smear”, and a big cup of coffee from Panera to help her start her day off in grand style.

The Garber men were also very happy to welcome their early morning visitor and they proudly took him a tour of their home, showing off their rooms and making him feel like part of the family. Our new friend Rand was as impressed with them and their home as the men and staff were with him.

Thank you to Rand for making Helene’s birthday so special and welcome to the family!  You are a stranger but once when you become part of Partners.