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Garden party

Garden party

Plainfield ‘end-of-life-care’ facility to host annual fundraiser

The Gathering in the Garden, Dancing Under the Stars will be 7 – 10 p.m. Saturday, June 24, at The Gathering Together, 147 N. Center Street, Plainfield.

The criterion for a truly special event usually falls under one of two categories: 1) great entertainment or 2) for a great cause. This elegant annual event achieves both.

Founded by Rita Florentino in 2002, The Gathering Together provides care, nurturing and support for end-of-life guests and their families free of charge. Florentino and her staff have served more than 35 Hendricks County residents since 2014.

Themed gift baskets will be available during a silent auction. Photo submitted

Dancing under the Stars will feature live music and Master of Ceremonies, Jeff Binkley. Hungry guests can dress their own chicken, beef and pork carnitas from the taco bar and enjoy a variety of beer and wine. For those with a sweet tooth, desserts from local bakeries and volunteers will also be available for auction.

Guests can top the night off by bidding on one-of-kind gift baskets for their date. From baking to grill master to craft beer, there will be a basket suited to everyone’s interest.

The party will be held at the Gathering’s welcoming yet stunning home in Plainfield.

“We would never think of holding the event anywhere else,” Florentino said. “It is a time to showcase our home and people love to come here.”

Last year, the event raised over $22,000. This year’s goal is set at $30,000.

“It is a place to come and meet new friends and as well reacquaint with old ones,” Florentino said. “The event is special for recent guests and their families because they have an opportunity to meet the volunteers that make their stay possible.”

Tickets to the event are $35 and can be purchased in person or online at thegatheringtogether.org. For more information, call (317)-797-2795.

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