Your Captain and Cruise Director welcome you aboard! Pemi Baker Community Health Executive Director, Chandra Engelbert, and the ever ebullient, "Captain of Love" himself, Mike Lemieux, greeted guests at the recent Love Boat- themed, annual brunch and auction held at Fugaky Restaurant last weekend. A good time for a great cause! (Courtesy Photo)
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June 17, 2016PLYMOUTH—Staff, patients, members, and friends of Pemi Baker Community Health (PBCH) gathered together once again this past weekend at Fugaky Restaurant for the popular annual brunch and silent auction benefit to support the critically important home health care and hospice work of the organization in the community.
Always a bit of a love fest for the PBCH "family" of friends and supporters, this year's "Love Boat" themed event was a resounding success, thanks in large part to the hard work of master event organizer and board member Marty Humphrey, as well as many volunteers and staff members.
"This annual event is so important in helping us to raise the funds needed to allow us to provide sliding scale services to people who are in need in the community," explained Humphrey. "I don't think the community fully understands the extent to which the dedicated staff at Pemi Baker extends itself to meet the needs of all community members for home health and hospice regardless of ability to pay."
The "Love Boat" theme could not have been more appropriate for Pemi Baker, known for its unique aquatic based physical therapy and wellness programs at the Plymouth-based facility. After all, a visit to the pool at Pemi Baker always feels a bit like a tropical Caribbean vacation, especially in the middle of New England's dark and cold winter months.
In addition to that however, this year, one raffle prize winner was lucky enough to walk away with a nifty little "Cha Cha" sailboat to enjoy as the summer season gets underway in the Lakes Region. How can you not love that!
But there were perks for "land lubbers' too. Each year, one of the most popular bidding items is the South African Safari – a life transforming trip as any old fashioned T.V. "Love Boat" cruise could ever be.
This year's winning bidders were a mother and daughter team, Marcia and Sherri, who frequent the pool at Pemi Baker. The stunned but ecstatic winning bidders were carried away by the excitement ratcheted up by talented live auctioneers.
"Oh, my! What did I just do?" said Marcia.
"You just got the deal of a lifetime," said Sherri
They are in for an adventure of a lifetime. Just ask satisfied customer State Representative Suzanne Smith, who "won" the trip in a previous year and came home from South Africa with a treasure trove of wildlife photographs and precious memories.
"We really want to thank all our wonderful sponsors and supporters," said Pemi Baker Executive Director Chandra Engelbert. "There are so many people who truly love Pemi Baker and they have helped to make this event so successful – not only those who attended, but also those who shopped online. I especially want to thank Alan Wang and his staff at Fugaky for their generosity. They are so professional and friendly. I don't think we could find another venue where they were so giving and supportive."
Special thanks go out to sponsors: Platinum - Dumont Construction; Gold- Bank of New Hampshire, Marianne Peckham, Riess Construction, Saenger Consultants, Construx, Carol, Steve and Frank Osmer, Caniel O'Neill, M.D., Home Care Specialists, Main Stay Technologies, NEEBCO, orthway Bank, Peabody and Smith Realty, Speare Memorial Hospital, Dan Moore; Bronze- Angie Van Sickle, Beth Simpson, Deb Hills Cleaning Service, Drs. Brand and Sawicki, Hannah Towle-Gossel, High Line Acoustics, Holderness School, Live Free Home Health Care, Malone, Dirubbo & Co. PC, Meredith Village Savings Bank, New England Timber Frame, NH Electric Co-op, Route 3 Storage.