Art Dash fundraiser held to benefit Serenity Hospice & Home

The venue came alive when 84 pieces of art created by 71 artists were placed around the room and provided a beautiful décor for the event.

'It is a wonderful event to be a part of’

OREGON — Everyone loves art, so what was “Gogh”ing on at the second annual event called Art Dash? It was a fundraiser for Serenity Hospice and Home that has become a much sought-after event. It was held at the River’s Edge Experience on April 12. The venue came alive when 84 pieces of art created by 71 artists were placed around the room and provided a beautiful décor for the event.

Dashers bought a ticket for an opportunity to dash for their favorite piece of art, and spectators watched as the excitement rose to see who would get each piece. Most of the art was from the nine counties in northern Illinois that Serenity serves, but we also received some donations from artists in Tennessee, Wisconsin, Missouri, Florida and North Carolina who have a connection to Serenity.

As a return participant in the Art Dash, this is what Matt Jagitsch had to say: “I can honestly say that it is a wonderful event to be a part of. Aside from the obvious benefits of raising funds for such an amazing establishment, Art Dash provides local and regional artists the opportunity to help promote the therapeutic benefits of art itself. Creating art has proven to ease the minds of both hospice patients and their families by establishing a way to build self-identity and help communicate feelings that are sometimes hard to put into words. Many of us will be impacted in some way by the care at a hospice facility in our lifetime. Supporting Serenity Hospice through Art Dash is a way that we, the artists, can use our talents and abilities to further awareness of these art therapy programs.”

Everyone in attendance enjoyed culinary delights, listened to live music, viewed amazing art and mingled with many of the artists who were in attendance. Erin Moloney, one of the dashers said, “We had the best time and want to attend next year's event and bring friends.”

Marsha Behrens from the Eagles Nest Art Group said, “The Rivers' Edge Experience is a magnificent venue.  What an extraordinary asset for our community. It is ideal for this kind of art event.”

The sponsorship and support we received to make this event a success truly demonstrates what a small town can do to help a “blessing in our community.” This event helps provide financial assistance to a nonprofit hospice, Serenity Hospice and Home. Serenity goes above and beyond for their patients and families. This includes the state-of-the-art Serenity Home, an ambulance service, Joint Commission accreditation and integrated therapy (massage, essential oils, guided visualization/meditation, virtual reality experiences, pet therapy and more.) Serenity has earned the highest level (five) in the "We Honor Veterans" program. Other programs offered include pet peace of mind, The Serenity Shed, and charity care - they never turn anyone in need away.

The third annual Art Dash will be held at the River’s Edge Experience on April 10, 2024. Check out the Serenity Hospice and Home – Art Dash for more photos.