By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010
Paula Seck, director of marketing and community relations for Canoe Brook, extends an invitation to the community to attend their Parade of Trees Tour and silent auction event.
If you’re looking for a fun, festive and cost-free way to get into the holiday spirit, you’re in luck. Canoe Brook Assisted Living & Alzheimer’s Care Community in Catoosa is hosting its first annual Parade of Trees Tour, December 1st through the 16th, 2010. From 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, visitors are welcome to stroll through Canoe Brook and view all of the beautifully decorated Christmas trees on display throughout the main building. If you would like a stunning Christmas tree for your home or business, but do not have the time or skill to assemble it yourself, you can bid on your favorite tree the final day of the tour. On Thursday, December 16 at 6 p.m., Canoe Brook will hold an hors d’ oeuvre party and silent auction event. Everyone in the community is invited to enjoy tasty appetizers and bid on the Christmas tree they’d love to call their own. All proceeds will benefit needy families in the area.
“The Parade of Trees Tour is a wonderful opportunity for people to visit our beautiful facility, meet our wonderful staff and residents, and get into a cheerful holiday mood,” says Paula Seck, director of marketing and community relations for Canoe Brook. “In addition to all the fantastic Christmas trees on display, a professional interior designer has decorated the building. It looks absolutely gorgeous! We also plan on inviting various churches and other groups to perform Christmas carols throughout the tour. Most importantly though, all the money raised from the auction goes directly to families in Catoosa that are in need of food, clothing and other basic items.”
The trees in the festival are donated by local businesses, including the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce, Back to Health Chiropractic, Carter Home Health & Hospice, Goodwin Chiropractic, Grace Hospice Foundation, Reasor’s in Catoosa, Sequoia Health Services, SQ HomeCare, Preventative Medical Services, Comfort Keepers, Claremore Regional Animal Care, Amedisys Home Health Care, Catoosa Flowers, Image Rehab Salon & Boutique, Gary’s Tire Services, and Value News. The owners and employees of each business provide the tree and ornaments, and do all the decorating. Choosing your favorite tree is certain to be a tough choice!
Another great reason to attend the Parade of Trees Tour is the chance to visit with the residents and employees of Canoe Brook. “We all have been really looking forward to this event. The residents love how everything is beautifully decorated, and they are so excited about being able to share their home and bask in the holiday season with everyone in the community,” says Paula. “This is such a joyous time of year. The staff at Canoe Brook feels it is so important to give to those in need during the holidays, and we are thrilled to be able to host a celebration of this kind. Our goal is to make it an annual tradition, making it bigger and better every year.”
Canoe Brook meets the needs of a growing population of senior adults who may require some assistance, but do not need a skilled nursing facility. The facility has 72 apartments, plus a special unit for residents with Alzheimer’s. Canoe Brook offers an elegant dining room with three delicious meals each day, game, activity and craft rooms, a library, housekeeping and laundry services, 24-hour security, scheduled transportation, and customized levels of care. The staff’s mission is to honor the contributions of seniors by promoting independence and self-reliance in a supportive and compassionate environment.
If you or someone you love is interested in living at Canoe Brook, the Parade of Trees Tour, December 1st through the 16th, is the perfect time to get to know the facility, residents and employees. Admission is free. The silent auction and hors d’ oeuvre party on December 16 is also free, but Paula requests that anyone interested in attending please RSVP by calling (918) 739-4700.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.