(Above: Some of the paddles and fine art pieces to be auctioned off at the event.)
Tamarack Grief Resource Center’s Annual Benefit Dinner and Custom Art Paddle Auction at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
Kalispell, Montana – January 5, 2012 – On Thursday January 19th, starting at 6:00 pm at The Lodge at Whitefish Lake, 1380 Wisconsin Avenue, Whitefish — Tamarack Grief Resource Center (TGRC) will hold their annual “A Camp To Remember Benefit Dinner”.
Current sponsors for the event include: The Whitefish Credit Union, Johnson-Gloschat Funeral Homes, and North Valley Hospital.
Tamarack Grief Resource Center is a nonprofit that serves bereaved children, adults, and families in western Montana. Specializing in bereavement camps, Tamarack Grief Resource Center strengthens and honors families throughout their journey with grief.
“Everyone at camp has experienced a profound loss, a piece of you is broken,
and camp helps you put it back together.”
– Youth Camper, A Camp to Remember
“This is TGRC’s major fundraiser for the year in the Flathead Valley and we look forward to a full house again this year,” said Barb Myers, TGRC Board of Directors and event coordinator. “All the money we raise goes directly to the programs serving children, teens, and adults. Tickets are $75 per person, and while they last, tickets can be purchased at Wheeler Jewelry, 139 Main Street in downtown Kalispell, the Red Union Salon at 118 Central Avenue in Whitefish, or by calling me at (406) 249-2196.”
There will be a no-host cocktail hour and music starting at 6pm, a sit down dinner at 7pm, a silent auction throughout the evening, and the prestigious live Paddle & Art Auction beginning around 7:45pm.
Each year, through the generosity of local artists, original artworks are created on wooden paddles, along with unique fine art works and auctioned off at the event. This year’s artists include: Nancy Dunlop Cawdry, Carol Hagen, John Rawlings, Matt Springer, Marsha McDonald, Hal Sundvahl, Lisa Schaus, Kelly Agar, and Lorinda Smith. These paddles are one-of-a-kind art pieces that become collector’s items for one’s home or business. They are being displayed around the valley before the event.
We are delighted to have Whitefish’s own, Richard Atkinson, as the auctioneer of the Prestigious Live Art & Paddle auction again this year. You can bid for paddles at the event, or by phone if you can’t make it. Please call 406-249-2196 to set up your call-in auction number.
TGRC is funded through the support of community members, families, businesses, foundations, and program fees. No grieving child or adult is turned away for lack of money.
“You will never know how much your presence in our lives has helped to support
and heal our grieving souls.” – Parent of campers, and program participant
TGRC’s flagship program, A Camp To Remember, held every summer for the past 15 years serves children ages 8-16 who have lost a loved one. The camps are held on Flathead and Georgetown Lakes and mix the joy of a summer camp including swimming, arts and crafts, and active games with opportunities for remembering and honoring the loved one that has died.
Other programs include family camps, women’s retreats, teen retreats, school-based support groups, community workshops, professional seminars, and consultations. For a full review of TGRC’s programs, camp dates, and other information please visit our website:www.TamarackGriefResourceCenter.org.
This year’s event will have a ‘fancy campfire attire’ theme and you are welcome to come dressed for a very special campfire evening! The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is offering a special rate for attendees who would like to “take the elevator home”. Please call 406-863-4000 for a Lodge reservation.
During times of loss, individuals can benefit from connections with understanding others as they reconstruct their lives. Tamarack Grief Resource Center is dedicated to fostering this support and understanding throughout the grief process. TGRC is committed to offering grief camps and retreats in collaboration with area hospices, hospitals, and related organizations. With nearly two decades of experience designing and implementing therapeutic camps and over 50 grief camps and retreats conducted, TGRC has become the region’s most comprehensive grief resource center specializing in bereavement camps.
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