Space Coast PCA Member Grow Wings – By Eliani Berman
It was finally here. A date we looked forward to for weeks. The first Space COAST PCA Charity Drive and Dine for Charlene’s Dream Community Cancer Center
We had it all planned, meet and mingle at Panera in ISB, set out through the beautiful scenic LOOP of Ormond Beach and end up at Halifax Plantation Country club for a buffet brunch. It would be a pleasant event.
Then things got complicated when someone mentioned that part of the LOOP was closed due to high water, fallen trees, and debris.
But natural disasters do not deter PCA members from a commitment. On we went. One member Chris was a trooper and volunteered to drive ahead of the others to report if a turn-around would be needed. Terry Miller lead the pack, Bill Berman was the last in the line. The heavens must have been on our side because the LOOP was miraculously clear and open. An impressive parade of 14 Porsches rode through a beautiful road lined with ancient oaks and winding curves. The drive was amazing.
We arrived at the country club just as the skies opened up. The Tavern of on Green provided an area inside the country club especially for this PCA event. The room was all blinged-out with crystal, linens, flowers and a scrumptious menu. The buffet was all inclusive with omelet station, waffles, sweets and so much more. There was a great deal of OOH and AAHs from all.
This event was all for the benefit CHARLENES Dream Community Cancer Support Center (CD) A CD volunteers had gone ahead and set out a table with samples of the supplies Charlene’s Dream provides free of charge. On the table was one lonely Lymphedema Sleeve. An item that is of great importance for many after cancer treatment. This is an essential item that provides comfort and is part of ongoing treatment. A sleeve lasts no more than 6 months and is usually not covered by insurance. A sleeve costs $50 to $150 each. Charlene’s Dream could not provide this important item for needy patients. We simply did not have any.
This Space Coast PCA Charity drive & dine brought in a generous sum of donations even from members who were unable to attend.. Enough to stock Charlene’s Dream Cancer Support Center with a respectable supply of sleeves.
If all this giving was not enough to make us all get a bit shiny-eyed, PCA offered to make this an annual charity event. We are already scheming something exciting and different for next year. Go-Cart Racing, gambling, wine tasting, scavenger hunt…whatever is decided will be fun.
So in conclusion; we chatted, we cheered, we drove, we rode and PCA members are growing their heavenly wings for a, we ate and we had fun. Patients benefited good deed done.
Thank you, Space Coast PCA for your generosity. Log onto www.CharlenesDream.com and Charlenes Dream facebook where pics and gratitude is posted.
Photos from Robin Hoffman – Charlene’s Dream Charity Drive and Dine – October 22, 2017