Rustic Table Event Raises $60,000 for Y Wellness Programming

Great weather, great food, great friends and the great generosity of supporters helped raise more than $60,000 for essential wellness programs at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA’s Rustic Table dinner Sunday, September 20. The second annual fundraiser, an outdoor dinner held at the home of Steve and Jeanne Avery, featured a multi-course, French-inspired meal and the personal story of a participant in the Y’s Parkinson’s program, Delay the Disease.

rustic-table-2015b“The atmosphere was wonderful, the French-styled food was fantastic, the weather was perfect and everyone in attendance really showed their support for these important programs,” said CEO Kevin Engel-Cartie. “We could not have asked for a better evening at the Rustic Table.”

Event proceeds will help fund wellness programs at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA, including: LIVESTRONG at the YMCA (for adult cancer survivors), Delay the Disease (Parkinson’s), Making Strides (Multiple Sclerosis), YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (prediabetes) and the brand new EnhanceFitness (arthritis), among others.

The event’s initial success in 2014 allowed the Y to expand programming this year, including new partnerships with the Siouxland Center for Active Generations, the Whirling Thunder Wellness Program in Winnebago, Nebraska and the Le Mars YMCA to provide wellness programs for special populations that otherwise would be unavailable in the community. Funds raised this year will not only help continue these programs, but also provide financial assistance for those with need.

rustic-table-2015aThe Rustic Table committee included Jacki Kelly, Diana Kincaid, Cathy Perley, Lisa Kalaher and Erica DeLeon, with help from Mercedes Ivener and Michele Palmer. The event was hosted by Bruce Miller, with pre-dinner music by Ben Catus and Kelsey Dill of the Sioux City Conservatory of Music. The French meal was created by Julie Schoenherr and her team at SoHo Kitchen and Bar. Imported French cheeses, hard meats and other specialties were provided by Palmer Specialty Foods.

The Rustic Table’s featured speaker was David Hauf, a participant in Delay the Disease for those with Parkinson’s. The former Dakota County property assessor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at just 48 years of age. While having to give up his career and battling many of the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s, David’s spirits remain high and his determination to continue to get the most out of life is an inspiration. A participant in Delay the Disease since its launch in 2012, David has connected with other Parkinson’s sufferers and found a home where he can work on his physical and mental wellbeing, helping to slow the progression of the disease.

The third annual Rustic Table is already scheduled for September 18, 2016, when it will take an Italian turn, inspired by the beauty, foods and wines of Tuscany.

More information about all of the Y’s wellness programs can be found HERE.