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Fete des Fleurs

On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, over 170 people converged on the Westwood Country Club for the Westlake Garden Club's biennial fundraiser luncheon.  We enjoyed a delicious lunch, and inspiring speaker, raffle baskets, silent auction, door prizes and maybe took home some yummy homemade bakery.  Planning an event of this proportion is a lot of work and requires many people to be involved.  After the 2016 luncheon, we decided to go to an every other year schedule for the luncheon and we plan to continue with this schedule.  Our goal for this luncheon is to raise enough money to be able to give scholarships to deserving high school seniors and to provide financial support to various community programs and organizations.  We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and as such, are required to donate most of any monies taken in.  For this luncheon, as well as our monthly meetings, we strive to provide interesting and informed speakers and programs.  The speaker at this year's luncheon was Jill Koski, President and CEO of Holden Forests & Gardens.  Jill is very passionate about preserving and maintaining our wonderful resources in the gardens and forest.  She talked about community outreach and various programs, including the Green Corps program which trains young people in gardening, horticulture, business and finance issues.  The garden club has supported Green Corps for a number of years now and believe it is a very important program for our youth.  We ask a lot from our members for this event, including providing contents for a raffle basket and baking items for the Bake Shoppe.  We had 35 or 36 beautiful raffle baskets this year and the bakery table was one of the best in recent memory.  We also had some outstanding items on the silent auction table and did a 50/50 raffle.  Some of our members visit area merchants to request donations of gift cards or prodiucts for this luncheon, some of which are given as door prizes.  This years colors were cream, burgundy, and gold, which were reflected in the gorgeous table centerpieces.  Thanks to Cathy Garlitz and Regina McCarthy for selecting the flowers and arrangement, and to Shirley Lutts for donating the vases.  The banquet room was absolutely beautiful.  Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough attended again this year and said a few words before lunch.  So, we have put another successful event behind us and we thank all of our members for their tireless efforts and support in bringing this luncheon together.  We also thank our attendees, some of whom come to all of our luncheons.  We appreciate you and could not do this without you.  Thanks again and see you in 2020.