Today, May 21, the Bethesda Health Group Foundation is launching the annual Hearts for Our Homes fundraising campaign, featuring fun-filled (and fund-raising!) activities and events throughout all of its communities for the next two weeks.
As the population continues to age at such a fast pace each year, the need to help each aging generation only intensifies. As a non-profit organization, Bethesda operates under a guiding principle that seniors who have exhausted their resources should not have to worry about leaving their homes.
Consequently, Bethesda provides millions in uncompensated charitable assistance to its senior residents each year. To help with such a large fundraising initiative, the Bethesda Health Group Foundation began holding the annual Hearts for Our Homes campaign each May to raise the funds to support this initiative. The efforts of the campaign continue to result in record-breaking totals annually; the campaign raised more than $160,000 in 2017.
There are many facets to the annual campaign, and many ways that family, friends and the general public can participate:
♥ Join Us for Activities
Check out the schedule of fun-filled fundraising activities at each Bethesda location, and participate as often as you can. You will find barbeques, pie-in-the-face, car washes, raffle gift baskets, and sales on many items, including Ted Drewes Frozen Custard and Gus’ Pretzels. Find the full calendar of Hearts for Our Homes Activities here.
Remember, all Bethesda locations welcome those from the surrounding area and neighborhoods to join them in their activities to celebrate Hearts for Our Homes. You could even encounter someone in a Heart costume with goodies, as food is always a fan favorite.
♥ Make a Donation
Pledge a donation with a recurring gift or make a one-time gift; all gifts are tax deductible. If you give $50 or more, you will receive a neck wallet imprinted with the Hearts for Our Homes logo. Donate online today.
Otherwise, you can mail a contribution with check payment to Bethesda Health Group Foundation, 1630 Des Peres Road, Suite 290, St. Louis, MO 63131. The Foundation also accepts credit card payment, automatic withdrawal from a personal banking account, payment via a resident account with Bethesda, and authorized payroll deduction for Bethesda employees. Contact the Bethesda Foundation about these options at 314-800-1981 or 314-800-1913.
♥ Hearts for Our Homes Trivia Night
The campaign closes with the annual Hearts for Our Homes Trivia Night, Friday, June 8 at Bethesda Dilworth, 9645 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63122. Doors open at 5 p.m. Trivia starts at 6:30 p.m.
With beer, wine and soda provided free, you still want to bring your favorite appetizer to share and compete for the winning tastiest appetizer award. By decorating your team table and dressing in costumes to a theme of your choice, you also can compete to win most creatively decorated table.
Trivia night also features raffle prizes, mulligans, silent auction, 50/50 and more. Cost is $25 per person or $250 per table of 10. If you want to play, but do not have a team of 10 individuals, Bethesda will assign you to a table.
Please register for Trivia by June 1. You can register online using Bethesda’s Donate Today form and selecting Hearts For Our Home under Gift Information. You can also submit your Trivia Night registration with check payment by mail to Bethesda Health Group Foundation, 1630 Des Peres Road, Suite 290, St. Louis, MO 63131.
♥ Support Our Sponsors
The Bethesda Foundation has secured many Community Partner Sponsors who support Hearts for Our Homes and Bethesda’s mission. Please remember to consider these supporters for your own needs and frequent their business or use their professional service. They also appreciate any referrals to your friends and family when appropriate.
You can find all Community Partners clearly identified by name and logo on the Bethesda website listing here. Community Partners also receive visibility on signage at our communities and events.
“There are definitely many ways to participate and lots of fun to be had during Bethesda’s Hearts for Our Homes campaign,” says Pam Dempski, Corporate V.P. and Director of Fund Development for Bethesda. “The success of Hearts for Our Homes illustrates how when giving begins at home, such generosity can touch the lives of seniors who need not face the anxiety of losing quality senior care in the place they call home.”