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LifeSpan’s virtual Voice & Vino raises $80K

LifeSpan’s virtual Voice & Vino raises $80K LifeSpan’s virtual Voice & Vino raises $80K

“Taking a live show to virtual was a scary situation for most of us here at LifeSpan Resources, but, for those that attended the show, they said it was the next best thing to being there,” said Lora Clark, CEO of LifeSpan Resources.

Going into its third season, Voice and Vino had become a sold-out success until the pandemic forced the organization to rethink just how to put such an important fundraiser on in the COVID environment.

“We had a great team put together,” said Lucy Koesters, chief business development officer. “From our board members, staff, advisory committee, to our tech crew and performers, it all came together and was a big success.”

LifeSpan Resources started Voice and Vino three years ago to help raise awareness and funds for the services it provides to enable senior citizens to remain independent and maintain a quality of life for all persons through advocacy, education and education and client-centered services. This year’s focus was on LifeSpan’s transportation program, an area that, due to the pandemic, has seen increased demand from those who need and use the service, as well as an increase on the financial demands on maintaining the service.

“We are serving over 100 clients a day,” said Koesters, “and the need for transportation of getting people to and from the grocery, pharmacy and doctor’s appointments has increased dramatically, so the funds raised tonight will go to helping us meet that demand.”

This year’s Voice and Vino featured six local performers with the winner, Larry “TC” Baker, a chaplain at Adaptive Hospice, raising more than $17,500, with Jill Robertson close behind. The event raised in excess of $80,000.

“We can’t thank our performers and judges, and especially our stellar master of ceremonies, WDRB’s Keith Kaiser, enough for working with us in putting on this event,” Clark said. “Hopefully, we can have our Oct. 26 event live next year.”