| June 1, 2013

SHS_Run-For-The-Roses-Gala_May-2013-040Seniors Win the Everyday Race: Senior Home Sharing Run for the Roses Gala

Danada House, Wheaton, IL, May 2, 2013

The Run for the Roses Gala was held on Thursday, May 2nd from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Danada House in Wheaton, which had a strong connection to the Kentucky Derby. Danada House’s distinguished residents, Dan and Ada Rice, were owners of the 1965 Derby winner Lucky Debonair! We enjoyed a Kentucky Derby-themed southern tasting menu, silent auction, horse races, raffle prizes and a short culinary show on how to make the weekend horse racing parties Derby-like!

Tickets were $85 per person and the dress code was Kentucky Derby Best. Many guests showed up in derby hats and some bought derby hats that were created and decorates by the Gala Volunteer Committee members to help raise additional funds.

Some of the Board of Directors and Staff role played as horse-owners, like Dan and Ada Rice trying to convince guests their horses would be the winner of the next race. There were five races in total and winners of each race received an additional two tickets for every one ticket they bid. The tickets could be used for the possibility to win a raffle basket, a drink or play the races again!

This is Senior Home Sharing’s main fundraiser for the year. This event is important to help the growing population of senior citizens around DuPage County that need an affordable independent living option. All the Run for the Roses Gala proceeds netting close to $14,000 goes directly to serving and growing the Senior Home Sharing mission. $50.00 provides three home cooked meals per day for one resident for a whole month! $100.00 provides a housing subsidy for a low income resident for a whole week! All other donations continue to give Senior Home Sharing residents a place to call home.

About Senior Home Sharing

Senior Home Sharing, a not-for-profit organization based in Wheaton has been providing seniors an opportunity to live independently in affordable family style homes since 1981. Residences are large single-family homes situated in neighborhood communities within Lombard, Downers Grove, Elmhurst and Naperville, Illinois. Staff members provide all meals, medication reminders, light housekeeping, and linen laundering services. Resident-centered life enrichment opportunities are cultivated within each home, while residents’ needs are continuously assessed and accommodated. Visit for more information.

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