Quadco Rehabilitation Center (QRC) is set to hold their 2nd annual benefit and gift shop open house a week after Thanksgiving at their Stryker building.
Since last year’s benefit proved so popular, they are once again planning to hold a dinner in the cafeteria. This year’s menu will include spaghetti, breadsticks, salad, apple crisp and a drink for a free will donation. Take out will be available.
QRC Executive Director Bruce Abell reminded the members of Quadco’s Administrative/Non-Profit boards about the benefit at their joint meeting held Tuesday (Nov. 26).
The event is slated for Thursday, December 5 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Along with the meal, there will also be an open house of the Carriage House Gift Shop behind the building. There will be plenty of baked goods and gift items such as unique signs, log cabins, stuffed animals, and more.
QRC’s Brush Creek Candles will also have fragrant melting tarts and decorative tart warmers on hand, and Santa is expected to make an appearance that night.
Proceeds from the benefit are to be used for QRC participants who need help with field trip entrance fees, meals and other activities.
Bill Priest, director of marketing, reported that the awards day program will be held in conjunction with the annual Christmas party on Thursday, December 12, at the Knights of Columbus hall in Defiance.
Mr. Priest said the awards program will start about 10:00 a.m. that day.
Following the awards program a luncheon featuring turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables, roll and cinnamon apple sauce jello will be held.
There will be a dance in the afternoon with a DJ and souvenir photos will be offered as in past years.
A collection of canned or boxed goods will be held that day for the PATH Center in Defiance. There will also be a tree for hanging hats and mittens that will be donated to the center that serves people without homes in the area.
Audrey Benner from Stryker and Arlene Cole from Liberty Center were introduced as guests at the board meeting. Audrey is part of the janitorial program, food service program and does production work.
Arlene has worked over 30 years at QRC and is presently at Northwest Products.
She told the board members, “I like everything about Quadco.”
When not working on production work, people participate in a number of programmatic activities. Program Coordinator Jessica Douglass said there have been groups participating in the art club making some gifts for the holidays and for the benefit.
She said a group recently heard Training Specialist Bobbi Schlosser, who leads the art club, tell them about a book she wrote and illustrated about a cat she found near Thanksgiving that she named Pilgrim. She then read the book and showed the crowd the pictures she had drawn.
Her husband, Dave, came in for the presentation and everyone got to meet Pilgrim and their dog, Lucy.
Program Director Philip Zuver said the baseball club ended after the World Series, but the football club has started up at Northwest Products and is a popular one there.
He said people are weighing in and sharing healthy recipes and lifestyle tips in the Healthy Choice club.
He also reported that a new group has formed around the popular TV program, Duck Dynasty.
The next QRC board meeting will be held on January 28, 2014, when the Administrative Board holds its annual organizational meeting.