FAIRMONT - The chemotherapy and infusion department at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont has been the recipient of many fund-raisers. This year's Tour of Tables will help the cause.
"We know it's heavily used by the community, and it's a great benefit to have it here," said Dolores Gronewald, co-chairwoman of the Tour of Tables committee, being hosted by Mayo Clinic Health System's Fairmont Auxiliary this year instead of the FCH Foundation.
In recent years, the demand for chemotherapy and infusion services at the health care facility has increased considerably, resulting in a need to move the department to a larger, more comfortable space, where more patients can be treated. The Foundation has adopted the cause as its annual appeal, and it's been heartily backed by the community.
YUM! — Teen-age girls had fun hosting this cupcake-theme table for the 2010 Tour of Tables at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont. Anyone interested in hosting a table for this year’s event should sign up soon.
On Oct. 8 at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont, the Tour of Tables will be held. Public viewing of the tables will be 1-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, and 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Tickets for the public viewing are $5 at the door, and coffee and treats will be served. A light luncheon and short program will follow the Saturday viewing, with cancer survivor Jane Wolverton as keynote speaker.
"We are still accepting a few more table hostesses," said Sue Moore, the other co-chairwoman for the event.
A hostess is responsible for thinking up a decorative theme for a table. In the past, the themes have been whimsical, humorous and sentimental.
On Thursday, Oct. 6, from 3-7 p.m., the tables are set up, using 8 to 10 place settings, depending on how many tickets were sold for each table.
"They can invite guests to be at their table, but they do not have to," Moore said.
Anyone wishing to be a hostess should call Moore at (507) 235-6945 or Gronewald at (507) 447-2254, by no later than Sept. 13.
A limited number of tickets for the luncheon will be available for purchase after Sept. 23 by calling Moore.
"It's a very fun event, just the ingenuity of these people and what they come up with for the tables," Moore said.