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Boots, Brews and BBQ and helping hospice, too

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    Attendees were able to bid on 17 baskets donated by different Medina County businesses, organizations and community members Sunday during Boots, Brews and BBQ at Thirsty Cowboy in Medina Township.

    LYDIA MAINZER / GAZETTE

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MEDINA TWP. — Boots, Brews and BBQ brought together country line dancing lessons, craft beer tastings and a barbecue buffet to raise funds for Hospice of Medina County on Sunday afternoon at Thirsty Cowboy, 2743 Medina Road.

Michele Seyranian, chief marketing and business development officer for Hospice of the Western Reserve, of which Hospice of Medina County is an affiliate, said the facility was looking for “a fun, different, causal event where attendees could wear jeans and be comfortable.”

Sandridge Food Corp. donated food for the event; Thirsty Cowboy shared its venue; and the band Country Line, the 2016 winner of WGAR’s “Battle of the Jam,” provided live music. The fundraiser also included basket raffles and a 50/50 drawing.

All of the money raised in Medina, stays in Medina. Through fundraising, patients and their families are provided support through a variety of programs, some of which include art and music therapy.

Cindy Steeb, Hospice of Medina County special events committee chairwoman and advisory council member, has been involved as a volunteer for more than 12 years. She said she has a personal reason for her involvement.

“I lost my mom, who was also involved as a volunteer,” Steeb said. “During the end of her life, we had to leave the county because of the lack of an inpatient hospice care facility. Seeing the need in our community, the board and committees successfully worked on building an inpatient hospice care center in our area.”

Located at 5075 Windfall Road, the Medina Inpatient Hospice Care Center offers a range of services and has 16 beds for those in need.

Hospice of the Western Reserve President and CEO William Finn said 150 tickets were presold ahead of the event.

“It is as much a friend-raise as much as it is a fundraiser,” Finn said. “We are celebrating with the community we serve and thanking them for their support.”

Thanks to the fundraiser’s success, committee members are hoping Boots, Brews and BBQ becomes an annual event.

“This event inspired those to dig out their cowboy boots,” Seyranian said. “We had a lot of fun picking out our outfits.”

Hospice of Medina County will host another fundraiser, “Medina in the Springtime Parisian Nights,” at 6 p.m. April 12 at the Blue Heron Event Center, 3227 Blue Heron Trace, Montville Township. The event will include cocktails, dinner and auctions.

Messages may be left for Lydia Mainzer at (330) 721-4060.


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