Back row, left to right: Marie Schaar, Respite Volunteer; Stacey Zsigo, RN; Rhonda Nations, and Glenn Sizemore all of Care N Assist. Front row, left to right: Stasia Reyna, Respite Volunteer; Helen Howard, RN; & Ruth Nick of Respite Volunteers. (Courtesy Photo)

Care N Assist is the first time ever Event Sponsor for the Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee St. Patrick’s Party. The event is Friday, March 11 in the Ballroom at Baker College Welcome Center. Additional Pot of Gold, Rainbow, Shamrock, Entertainment, and Program Sponsorships are still available.

Music for gathering time will be provided by Richard Lahmann and music during the dinner will be provided by Ryan DeHues and the Jeff Kressler Trio. Ryan DeHues brings to life the great songs made popular by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Jack Jones, Mel Torme. Ryan has performed coast to coast and recently appeared around the world. The evening will also include a canned raffle and live auction.

The doors open at 5 p.m. for the raffle and gathering time, with dinner served at 6:15 p.m.

Pot of Gold $500 sponsorships for the event are: Betty Janego; Jackie Hurd; Memorial Healthcare; Rev. John & Lois Walworth; and the family of C. Diz Clark, in Memory of Diz Clark. Rainbow $350 sponsors are: George & Carol Nama, Shattuck Specialty Advertising, Nelson House Funeral Homes, Oliver Woods Retirement Village and Young Chevrolet Cadillac, Inc.

Shamrock $100 sponsorships for the event are: David & Lori Stechschulte Jr., Stechschulte Gas & Oil; Chuck & Loretta Rolfes; Indian Trails; Mary Jane Scarlett & Susan Giberson; Attorney Patrick Marutiak; Larsen’s Appraisals; Martha Sutton, in memory of David O. Sutton; and Renee Fisher, Oakes-Fisher-Civille Insurance.

This year’s raffle and live auction promises to have an array of 30 plus fun and interesting items: Hayride & Bonfire at Peacock Road Tree Farm for 12 persons; Mary Jane Scarlett’s Toffee; Judy Beach’s Chocolate Turtles; Bread Pudding by Linda Swatman; and a handcrafted item by craftsman Max Trait. Many gift certificates including: antler mounts from both Looking Glass Taxidermy & Log Cabin Taxidermy; OMG Spa; Whiting Auditorium certificate for “Annie;” Impression 5 Science Center; Children’s Zoo Saginaw; Cone Zone; Douglas J in East Lansing; Edsel & Eleanor Ford House; and many restaurant gift certificates.

Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee is a Faith in Action non-profit that serves Shiawassee County. Volunteers primarily provide friendly visiting with the patient and the person’s family caregivers. Patient and caregiver education is also provided. Volunteers are matched with a person in their own community, and usually provide 1.5 to 4 hours of help weekly. Volunteer opportunities also include; helping in the office, helping with events, helping with fundraisers, special projects for the persons and caregiving families served, and helping maintain the office, building and grounds.

Individual tickets are $35. For more information please contact the Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee office at (989) 725-1127. Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee is located at 710 W. King Street, the historic home east of the Memorial Healthcare King St. entrance. The office is open Monday through Friday, and the main entrance on the parking lot side. The website is

Respite Volunteers of Shiawassee St. Patrick’s Party was last modified: January 20th, 2016 by Karen Elford