If you happened to drive by the McPherson Museum the evening of Valentine’s Day, you might have been inclined to think a rock concert had broken out. Rolling down the halls past the art gallery, the fossil exhibit and the historical displays was the rollicking sound of a playful pianist and his roomful of sing-along performers.
Welcome to the first Heartcakes for Hopecare Valentine’s Dinner, a benefit to raise funds for GraceMed patients at our McPherson Clinic. Judging by the fun everyone had, it will never be mistaken for the birth of the blues.
“We wanted to create an event that would really be a memorable experience for everyone,” said Nancy Duling, GraceMed’s Director of Development. “A sing-along turned out to be just the ticket. So many people told us how much fun they had, and that’s so gratifying because that’s just what we were going for. The kind of fun that helps everyone really enjoy each other’s company.”
Sam Ferguson, otherwise known as Sing-Along with Sam provided the evening’s entertainment. But his real super power was bringing the audience to its feet for one rousing song after another, even eliciting a Vegas-worthy Elvis impression from one of our guests. Heart-shaped desserts of various kinds were also sold to bring the “Heartcakes” theme to life.
“It’s wonderful that we were able to raise funds to help with the cost of care for the uninsured,” said Deb Clark, manager of our McPherson Clinic. “But we were also so glad to have a part in creating such a happy memory for everyone who came out to support us.”
A special thanks to our corporate sponsors from McPherson who made the event possible.