Third Annual Shrimp Boil Fundraiser Will Rock the Lawn at Elmhurst in Wheeling July 27

Photos Provided Members of the board of directors of Elmhurst, The House of Friendship in Wheeling are gearing up for the third annual Shrimp Boil on the Lawn fundraiser to benefit the 129-year-old licensed assisted living residence for older adults slated for Saturday, July 27. Seated are Mike Klick, board president, and Anita Carenbauer, board member and co-chair of Friends of Elmhurst; standing from left, Dr. Tom Wack; executive director Jamie Crow; Andy Thalman, treasurer; Chef Mike Travis; Dr. William Przybysz; and Mike Barickman, immediate past-president.

WHEELING — The aroma of a traditional Louisiana shrimp boil simmering in a shiny kettle, along with the cool sounds of some down-home bluegrass, will fill the air on Saturday, July 27 at the third annual Shrimp Boil on the Lawn at Elmhurst, The House of Friendship assisted living residence in Wheeling’s Pleasant Valley neighborhood. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with drinks, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

“The growing popularity of our annual fundraiser continues to make this summer’s best party,” according to Elmhurst executive director Jamie Crow of the non-profit that has been serving the housing needs of older adults for 129 years.

“We’re dedicated to continuing our mission of caring for older adults as an affordable, quality alternative to living at home. The support of the community since our founding in 1890 has been phenomenal and essential,” commented Mike Klick, president of the Elmhurst board of directors that is hosting the event presented by the Friends of Elmhurst.

Elmhurst, originally located in East Wheeling, was moved to the estate of the Samuel S. Bloch, Bloch Brothers’ Tobacco founder, when his family donated the mansion and grounds to the non-profit, in 1940. Two additions to the mansion have allowed the organization to offer housing and licensed assisted living to as many as 46 men, women, and couples, Crow noted. This year’s Shrimp Boil will not only feature the traditional shrimp boil menu — shrimp, sausage, corn, potatoes and crawfish, but also includes coleslaw and cornbread.

An open bar will be observed and will feature the event’s specialty drink, the Mason-Dixon, a combination of sweet tea, lemonade and vodka. Dessert for the evening is a surprise ice cream duo concocted by Kirke Porterfield of Kirke’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Brother Randall and Friends, a local six-piece band specializing in bluegrass and bluegrass gospel music, is scheduled to return by popular demand. The band frequently performs at the Pennyroyal Opera House in Fairview, Ohio, as well as other venues in the Ohio Valley.

Sponsors for the event to date include Glessner & Associates, PLLC, entertainment sponsor; FeltonCPA; The Elizabeth Stifel-Kline Foundation; WesBanco; Dr. and Mrs. William Przybysz; Blue Sky Therapy (WSB Rehabilitation); Hazlett, Burt & Watson; Mr. Jay Frey and Mr. Michael Hires; Johnson Pharmaceutical Co.; The Monteverede Group, LLC; State Farm, Noah Mull, Agent; Altmeyer Funeral Homes; Dr. Frank and Anita Carenbauer; Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP; Dr. Virginia Dulany; Kalkreuth Roofing & Sheet Metal; H.E. Neumann Co.; Scott and Joanne Winters; Touchstone Research Laboratory Ltd.; and Visiting Angels.

Reservations may be made by calling Elmhurst at 304-242-0240. Tickets are $65 per person.


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