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Friday, September 27, 2013
When all the furniture, jewelry, china, rugs, home-baked goodies and other items are set up for sale for the Brandon Oaks Retirement Community's annual 5-Star Bazaar on Saturday, two familiar faces will be absent.
Edwina Keith and Joyce Firing, active members of the Auxiliary of Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, died within a month of each other this summer.
They were "vital parts of running the bazaar," said Jackie Carmack, the auxiliary treasurer.
Saturday's event, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Brandon Oaks at 3804 Brandon Ave. S.W., will honor Firing, who died June 30, and Keith, who died July 19.
Firing was in charge of the entire bazaar, coordinating efforts to gather items for the event. Keith organized the baked goods sale.
"It was a big effort without them this year," said Carmack, also the event's co-chairwoman.
The auxiliary sponsors the bazaar to buy medical equipment for patients at the Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center, which serves the entire Roanoke Valley.
In the past five years, the auxiliary has spent about $130,000 on new equipment and patient supplies, Carmack said, adding that most of the money comes from the bazaar, where Brandon Oaks residents donate most of the items for sale.
The auxiliary has paid for pieces of therapeutic equipment that offer treatment using heat and cold to reduce pain and aid healing. Other donations have been used to furnish recliners for patient rooms, to buy a piano for patient gatherings and to help build a sunroom.
Carmack said she's most pleased that the auxiliary, through the fundraiser, is able to donate $5,000 to the activities director to provide treats, gifts and entertainment for the nursing home patients.
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The 135 youngsters at Greenvale School got their own carnival, thanks to 75 Advance Auto employees from seven areas in merchandising process development.
The team provided midway games that included Skeeball, football toss, balloon pop, duck pond, fishing pond, hoop toss, cornhole toss, remote control car racing, milk bottle, hopscotch/jump rope and candy bar walk, in addition to having clowns, a juggler/unicyclist and a Roanoke fire truck and sheriff's car on exhibit.
Greenvale School, a United Way partner agency, provides developmentally appropriate child care services for children of working parents, according to each family's ability to pay.
In addition to lunch and snacks, the children also received an Advance Auto Parts backpack full of prizes.
Gander Mountain, Staples, Walmart at Bonsack, Fun Times, Chick-fil-A and Eduardo Santillan supported the activity, which was part of the Advance team's community service.
"Each year, our team has an opportunity to host an event to support our community. This year's carnival at Greenvale School was enjoyable for our team members, allowing them to spend the afternoon with a terrific group of kids," Laura Autrey, director of merchandising operations, said in a news release.
"The opportunity that the Advance Auto team provided our children was amazing. The children had so much fun and days later they are still talking about the carnival and all the games they got to play," said Lisa Denny, Greenvale's executive director.
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