Plainfield’s Gathering Together hospice care will host 8th annual garden event
By Lindsay Doty
In times of stress, everyone can use a break, even for just a few hours.
That’s the idea behind The Gathering in the Garden event slated for Aug. 29 in Plainfield.
The outdoor wine and beer tasting will include a prime rib dinner and live entertainment. It benefits The Gathering Place in Plainfield, a nonprofit that provides a nurturing home for terminally- ill guests and their families during their final days free of charge.
The money raised will go towards operations and maintaining the home.
“The event is not about making money, but instead is about providing a safe venue to enjoy an evening out in the midst of all this sadness and isolation”, said The Gathering Together Executive Director and Founder Rita Fiorentino.
“I just want to have a nice place for people In midst of all the crazy,” she said.
This is the 8th year for the event.
For some who have stayed at The Gathering Together house, being back at the garden brings comfort.
“During the sad time when my sister was dying at The Gathering Together, the garden was a comfortable place to wander. Now, at this event when I come and sit in the garden it is a happy way to be close to my sister,” said Laura Kurkowsky, who has attended Gathering in the Garden since its inception in 2012. “I like seeing how much it has grown while enjoying good conversation with good friends,” said Kurkowsky.
The Coachman Restaurant in Plainfield will provide the prime rib and mashed potatoes.
There will also be a dessert auction with everything from pineapple upside-down cake to caramel corn cake.
To take COVID-19 precautions at the event, organizers say there will be a variety of maks available and increased social distancing.
Gathering in the Garden:
Where; The Gathering Together in Plainfield
147 N Center Street, Plainfield
When: 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29
Cost: $50 per ticket
For reservations go to the website http://www.thegatheringtogether.org or contact Rita Fiorentino at The Gathering Together, 317-797-2795