The Holiday Hat Bash at the Center for Active Seniors Inc. in Davenport was created to raise funds for Home Instead's "Be a Santa to a Senior" gift-tree program. Now it has become so popular that those funds are being shared with other nonprofit groups as well.|
Last year CASI partnered with Home Instead to help ensure that every senior who had his or her name on the gift trees would receive a gift. Funds raised at the Hat Bash were used to purchase gifts for seniors whose names weren't picked up by other donors.
When the Hat Bash raised more money than was needed, CASI reached out to other nonprofit groups in the community. Over the last three years, CASIhas donated more than $25,000 to be used for holiday food baskets to groups such as Project NOW, the Martin Luther King Center, Friendly House, Generations Area on Aging, and more.
And the Be a Santa to a Senior program may grow even more this year. Gift trees will be placed at select Walgreens stores and Chevrolet dealers in the area, and it's estimated that almost 3,000 seniors will receive gifts and food baskets, according to a press release from CASI.
Beginning Saturday, Nov. 17, a list of 24 participating Walgreens stores and Chevy dealers will be available at CasiSeniors.org. If you want to be a Santa, go to a participating location, take a name off a tree, and buy that person a gift.
And if you want to help out by having fun at the Hat Bash, circle Thursday, Nov. 15, on your calendar. The fourth annual Holiday Hat Bash will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. that day at CASI, 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport.
The evening will include music, wine, beer, a hat contest, raffles and more. Gourmet hors d'oeuvres and desserts created by chefs from local assisted-living centers will be served. Hats are suggested, but are optional.
Reservations are strongly encouraged online for easy check-in, but walk-ins are welcome. Donations also are welcome by mail or on the website.
The suggested donation for a reservation is $30, which includes food and beverages. All proceeds will provide holiday gifts and food baskets for Quad-Cities seniors.
For more information, call (563) 386-7477 or (563) 265-1429 or visit hatbash.com.
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