“What does ‘love thy neighbor’ mean?” Bishop Nelson Perez questioned a ballroom of supporters attending a benefit for Rose-Mary at Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights on June 29. “Love,” he continued, “ultimately means to strive for the good of others. That is the work of the Church and the work of those in this room.”
Bright colors filled both indoor and outdoor areas complimenting the theme, Enchanted Garden. This year’s benefit helped support Rose-Mary’s Adult Day Program. The Adult Day Program is available to individuals who reside in Rose-Mary supported homes as well as community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program focuses on providing meaningful and therapeutic activities to adults who are unable to be supported in traditional day or vocational programs.
Guests had the opportunity to help support Rose-Mary in multiple ways from bidding on silent and live auction items to helping ‘grow the garden’ by making a pledge contribution.
“The children and adults of Rose-Mary give us a great privilege of helping them,” said Bishop Perez as he thanked everyone in attendance for supporting the Rose-Mary mission.
Following his remarks, bishop led guests in prayer before dinner. He then introduced members of the Musca family as the 2018 Angel Award recipients. The Musca family served as a constant support throughout the Community Integration Project for Rose-Mary. The Angel Award is given to an individual or group who exemplifies the mission of Rose-Mary and models Christ’s teaching in words and works.
Rose-Mary is celebrating its 96th year of serving children and adults with disabilities with the support of Catholic Charities. To learn about all of the Rose-Mary services visit rose-marycenter.com.