Jul 09 2010

Crusin’ for a cause

By Meredith Powell

DSC00354On June 26, Respite Care Ministries held their first annual benefit cruise aboard the Island Breeze, a large, two story cruising boat docked at Bohicket Marina. It was perfect weather for sailing and the cruise was completely sold out. I quickly discovered the upper deck offered the best view, a nice breeze and a prime location to spot all of the porpoises.

Aside from enjoying the breathtaking sunset, a glass of wine and plenty hors d’oeuvres, I was also surrounded by so many beautiful people. According to executive director Laura Stefanelli, Respite Care Ministries is a non-profit organization that “provides services and support for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.” The ministry offers intriguing activities such as gardening, arts and crafts, exercise and music in order to brighten their patients’ day, as well as to allow caregivers to have some time alone.

It was wonderful to see all of these people gathered together because they shared a common interest in helping raise money for this worthy charity, thus making an impact on others’ lives more than they can probably imagine. What a great way to spend a Saturday night!

To volunteer, make a donation, or just for more information, contact Laura Stefanelli at respitecare@comcast.net.

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