Break out your Hawaiian shirts for a good cause
Sep 24, 2013
This time of the year you never know what Mother Nature will have planned. Summer is still lingering but autumn winds can often put a chill in the air.
No matter what the thermometer reads, the forecast for Middle Bass Island this weekend is downright tropical. Apparently Hawaiian breezes will be blowing in for the second annual Stein Hospice Luau fundraiser, which takes place from 12-5 p.m. Sept. 28 at J. F. Walleyes.
Funcoast.com talked to Stein Hospice Event Coordinator Amy Skolnik about this unique affair that offers plenty of food and fun for a good cause.
Where did the concept of the Stein Hospice Luau come from?
Honestly, I had talked to the J.F. Walleye owner about being a sponsor of another event. He took an interest in Stein Hospice and then he and his business partner kind of came up with this pig-roast Luau theme. The luau takes place on their patio where they have this beautiful pool and waterfall and lagoon area. We’ll have live entertainment and there will be 50/50 and door prizes. We’ll also have a silent auction with themed items.
Was the inaugural Stein Hospice Luau a success?
We had a fabulous turnout last year with an amazing weather day. We had a little over 100 people and raised more than $5,000 with ticket sales and a silent auction.
Considering last year was a success, what are the expectations for this year’s Luau?
Well, obviously more people. We’d like to see 100 to 150. And I don’t typically give a monetary number because we are just grateful for folks willing to do things like this for us. The money that’s raised from this event goes right into our Stein Hospice Charity Care Fund, which provides care for those folks who for whatever reason have no Medicare, Medicaid or third party insurance. We’ll continue to care for them regardless of their ability to pay for their care. And in the past we’ve taken care of patients both on Middle Bass and South Bass Island.
As for the luau, are we allowed to wear Hawaiian shirts and moo moos?
Last year we didn’t have too many folks who dressed in their Hawaiian garb. It was beautiful and the lake was calm, but it wasn’t real warm. But yes, we’d love to have Hawaiian shirts and dresses. That would be fabulous.
Tickets for the Stein Hospice Luau fundraiser are $30 per person, $25 for children 12 and under. This includes the ferry ride, as well as a pig roast dinner and a tour of Middle Bass Island. Beverages are not included. For those not needing the ferry, tickets are $20 adult and $15 children.