Cheer Up the Blues 2013Yesterday was a special day of Christmas celebrations at Perry Wellness Center.  We began with the annual Civitan Club Christmas party and lunch.  (As soon as our photos are in, we'll be posting more about this wonderful and generous event.)

After spending the rest of the day in preparation, we celebrated the annual Cheer Up the Blues open house on campus.  A good turnout of local friends and supporters came to enjoy the evening.  Kids enjoyed visits with Santa Claus himself, and the cool evening was perfect for sipping hot cider, munching cookies, and strolling through the market and Hope Park.

Live Christmas music was performed in the market area, and those who weren't singing along could be found under the twinking lights of Hope Park or around the firepit.  Guests admired the new koi pond, rock stream, and the start of construction on our latest greenhouse.

Visitors to the event received a bag of goodies to take home, along with a small pine seedling, courtesy of Powell Farms.  In keeping with our "Re-TREE-Ving Lives" theme this season, we hope lots of people plant these trees to commemorate the reality of recovery.

We also held a drawing to pick the raffle winners for gasoline cards, and WISK Radio assisted with its live remote.  We'll be posting the names of the winners shortly.

As the celebrations ended, several peers and family members enjoyed a last bowl of homemade soup in the cafeteria. Throughout the building lights twinkled on the Christmas trees and people called out holiday greetings and farewells.  All in all, the perfect end to a most festive day at Perry Wellness Center.

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