The Red Carpet Lounge in Portage recently held their 13th Annual Car Show and presented a check for $2,000 in proceeds to support the Visiting Nurse Association hospice program. Sheila Raye, owner of the lounge says they selected VNA Hospice as the recipient for the third year in a row because it seems so many of their customers have been touched by hospice. Raye’s own mother was a VNA hospice patient 11 years ago.
“The cars show is a family affair, we all pitch in to make it happen,” says Joyce Zaragoza, Raye’s daughter and Red Carpet Lounge manager. “We make about 40 baskets for the raffle, and even our customers help out. They’ll use a bottle we received from one of our vendors and then buy items to make a nice themed basket.”
In December, The Red Carpet Lounge will celebrate their 50th anniversary, Zaragoza said. “We don’t have all the plans in place just yet. We hope to make our annual holiday celebration an anniversary party as well.”
Best in Show this year was a 1967 Pontiac GTO, owned by Ted and Phyllis Uzelac. Awards were also presented for additional categories such as Best Paint Job, Best Convertible, Special Interest, Original, and Modified.
The VNA is a nonprofit home health care agency providing skilled nursing; physical, occupational and speech therapy; home health aides; social services, telehealth, home and inpatient hospice care and bereavement programs. The VNA also provides assistive care, including Meals on Wheels, Homemaker/Companion Care and Lifeline as well as grief support for children and their families at the VNA Phoenix Center.
For more information about the VNA and programs and services offered, call the VNA at (219) 462-5195 or visit the VNA’s website at www.VNAportercounty.org.