Art of Caring

Our signature fundraising event supports The Hickman’s Resident Assistance Fund.

On March 24th, The Hickman will bring back the Art of Caring fundraising event at Oakbourne Mansion, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The tag line for the reimagined event is Passport to Art, because guests will travel throughout the mansion watching artists create pieces live.

While enjoying delectable fare by John Serock Catering, guests will have the opportunity to see Angie Gifford design a fascinator, Nanci Hersh create a mixed media painting, Elva Hurst draw a piece of chalk art, and Mitch Lyons make a clay monoprint. The artwork they create during the event, along with other fine art and items, will be part of the silent and/or live auction that evening.

Other items include tickets to the Tony Award winning Broadway production of Hamilton in New York City, a four course French dinner for 6 at the winner’s home prepared by Chef Sylvie, an autographed Darth Vader helmet, a trip to Tuscany, pieces from the John Hardy silver bamboo jewelry collection, and much more!

Guests at the Art of Caring event will also have the opportunity to be among the first people to see Frozen – The Broadway Musical, a new production from Disney that doesn’t even open on Broadway until March 22. The auction winner of this item will receive two tickets to the show plus a 2-night stay in a New York City hotel. Created for the stage by a Tony®, Emmy®, Grammy®, and Oscar® award-winning team, this new production comes alive on Broadway through exquisite stagecraft and deepens the beloved story with twice as many songs as the original film. Vanity Fair calls it, “The hottest snow on Broadway!”

Other auction items of note will include original artwork by Lele Galer, Kevin Niemi, and other local artists; a signed jersey by a Philadelphia Eagles legend; gift certificates to regional restaurants and attractions; and more!

Funds raised through Art of Caring will support 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 West Chester borough. 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, board, and additional personal care services.

The Hickman thanks the 2018 Art of Caring: Passport to Art Committee: Crissy Bowden (Chair), Kathy Adams-House, Denise Antonelli, Martha Boston, Ph. D., Pamela Leland, Ph. D., Russell Oden, Nancy Pine, Esq., Andrea Taylor, Ph. D., Kathryn Turnock, and Tina Witek.

The Hickman wishes to thank all of our generous 2018 sponsors. For more information about other support opportunities, please email

2018 Art of Caring: Passport to Art Sponsors



Blue Dog Printing & Design
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


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
Anne & Steven Hutton
The Jazz Kats
Diane Kauffman-Smith
Donald A. Kidder
Dallas & Di Krapf
Matt & Dianne Krasney
Charles & Jane Mack
Manatawny Still Works
Ellen Millick
Mutual of America
Stephen Olsen
Rothwell Document Solutions
John & Doris Rudibaugh
Betsy Stratton
William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals

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