Pleasant Day packed for Festival of Wreaths in 17th annual fundraiser

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CAMBRIDGE — The halls were decked with wreaths and packed with people Thursday evening at Pleasant Day Medical Adult Day Care in Cambridge.

Pleasant Day hosted its 17th annual Festival of Wreaths on Thursday, its only major fundraiser of the year. A wide variety of donated wreaths lined all the hallways of the facility and were open to bidding through silent auction. Christmas carolers with the Faith Baptist Fellowship group One Day Closer greeted guests as they entered. Volunteers from the Dorchester Chamber of Commerce also introduced guests to the festivities. Tasty treats from oyster dip and taco dip to wing dings and Christmas cookies were donated by local restaurants, caterers and volunteers.

Dorchester County Councilman Rick Price attended the festival wearing a Santa cap with blinking red and green lights.

“This is a great event here in Dorchester County at Pleasant Day for an organization that helps a lot of people in the older community,” Councilman Price said. “It’s Christmas time and it brings everybody together. A lot of people made a lot of neat wreaths that are going to be bid on tonight and it goes back into a very worthy cause. Everybody has a good time. There’s plenty of good things to eat.”

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While piano and violin players and the carolers filled the facility with Christmas selections, guests worked their way through the building to take in all the wreaths. The wreath auction closed at 7 p.m. when C.W. “Buddy” Foxwell of Foxwell Auctions held a live auction of donated items including a bicycle, HD TV, many toys, cakes and gift packages.

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The fundraiser supports Pleasant Day’s mission. Jackie Vickers, executive director of the Dorchester County Commission on Aging Inc. which runs Pleasant Day, was one of the leading organizers of the festival.

“It’s our major fundraiser. In fact, it’s our only fundraiser any more,” Ms. Vickers said. “It all is spent on participants (at the center).”
The funds raised will be used to provide a cheerful Christmas to partipants in Pleasant Day’s programs. Any funds that might be left over will support enriching day trips for participants.

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According to Pleasants Day’s website, the nonprofit “… provides an environment to allow people to remain as independent as they can for as long as possible. Nursing care, under physician’s direction, increases the quality of life for participants by allowing them to remain at home or with family members longer.”

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Since 1989, Pleasant Day has served people with chronic medical conditions including Alzheimer’s and offers services that help keep people at home or with family instead of in a 24-hour care facility. Programs are designed specifically for participants and Pleasant Day provides breakfast, lunch and a snack.

“Our mission is to serve the elderly to keep them out of institutions and living in their homes as long as possible,” Ms. Vickers said. “That’s what we do.”

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