On Saturday, March 24th, The Hickman brought back Art of Caring after a four-year hiatus to focus on the organization’s capital campaign to build The Hickman’s new building — the now completed Anna T. Jeanes Building. A dedicated committee worked hard to reimagine the event for its return at the exquisite Oakbourne Mansion.

In previous years, artists created specific pieces prior to Art of Caring. Those pieces were then sold at auction at the event. This year, it was decided to have artists create pieces live at Art of Caring and then have them be part of the auction.

The evening started with a special preview hour at 5:00 PM for event sponsors. During that time, guests started bidding on silent auction items, ranging from John Hardy jewelry to theater and sporting event tickets, while enjoying live music provided by The Jazz Kats…who were so fabulous, they were asked to do an encore! 

The event officially started at 6:00 PM. At that time, additional guests arrived and were greeted with a glass of wine or the lavender-lemonade signature cocktail made with vodka donated by Manatawny Still Works. While enjoying the delectable cocktail and fare prepared by John Serock Catering, guests used their passports, beautifully designed by Blue Dog Printing & Design, to assist them as they traveled throughout the mansion to visit the four live artists.

Susan Curtin created a wonderful monoprint of a turtle in the marble room. Angie Gifford set-up a gorgeous display of her fascinators, while making one in the adam room. Nanci Hersh completed her beautiful mixed media painting of a black lab in the dunning room. And, Elva Hurst delighted our guests in the dining room with her exceptional chalk artwork that glowed when the lights were turned down!

All of their pieces were part of the live auction that concluded the evening. Bill Bunch, of William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals, kept guests entertained as he hosted the auction. In addition to the pieces created by the four artists, our guests had the opportunity to also bid on an original sculpture by Lele Galer, tickets to the Broadway production of Hamilton, an autographed Darth Vader helmet by David Prowse – the actor who portrayed the character in the original Star Wars films, Dr. and Mrs. Donald Rosato’s carriage ride through the northern Chester County countryside, a culinary trip to Tuscany, and a four course French dinner for six prepared in the winner’s home by Chef Sylvie Ashby of Cuisine de Sylvie! All the live auction items and experiences sold!

The funds raised through the event supported The Hickman’s Resident Assistance Fund. For 127 years, The Hickman has provided a safe and thriving home for countless seniors in need of care in the Borough of West Chester. The Hickman has a long history of providing financial assistance to residents who have exhausted their financial resources and are no longer able to cover room and board, and additional personal care services.

The Hickman Thanks the 2018 Art of Caring Sponsors:

 Sketch: Martha Boston & Christopher McKenney; Fulton Bank; Gawthrop Greenwood, PC; John Serock Catering (in-kind); Pine & Pine Law Offices; Ken & Tina Witek; and Woman’s Encore, LLC.

 Design: Blue Dog Printing & Design (in-kind); Evelyn Brownlee; Buckley, Brion, McGuire & Morris LLP; Richenda Davison; Jeffrey House & Kathy Adams-House; Robert & Mary Kolimaga; Lamb McErlane PC – Attorneys at Law; Pamela Leland & Renna Van Oot; Lenhardt Rodgers Architecture + Interiors; J. Dean & Nancy O’Banion; Dr. Ronald & Susan Petrocelli; Hank & Julie Schellenger; West Chester Downtown Foundation; and WSFS Bank.

Inspiration: The Alfree-Leverage Family; BAYADA Home Health Care and Hospice; Benchmark Construction; Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.; Brock & Company, Inc.; DNB First; DSM Biomedical; Freeman’s; Ann & Steven Hutton; The Jazz Kats (in-kind); Diane Kauffman-Smith; Donald A. Kidder; Di & Dallas Krapf; Matt & Dianne Krasney; Charles & Jane Mack; Manatawny Still Works (in-kind); Ellen Millick; Mutual of America; Stephen Olsen; Rothwell Document Solutions, Inc.; John & Doris Rudibaugh; A. Roy Smith; Betsy Stratton; and William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals (in-kind).


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