Peabody, MA - A variety of artwork, jewelry, photography and much more were on display and for sale at Brooksby Village's Art Show and Silent Auction to benefit the Brooksby Village Benevolent Care Fund. Everything for sale was created by or donated by both people who live and work at Brooksby Village. There was also live music and refreshments as well as a cash bar.
"This was our first Art Show and Silent Auction so everyone was very excited," said Beth McNelis, Director of Philanthropy and Communications at Brooksby Village. "There are so many clubs and artists groups here at Brooksby Village and the members create amazing work."
One of the items raffled off was a six-room dollhouse with wraparound porches, carefully chosen wallpaper, handmade rugs, curtains, and bed linens. Resident Peter Jalbert spent three months building the dollhouse in the Brooksby Village Woodworking Shop. Earline Martin helped with crocheted bed linens, and fabric curtains as well as hand hooked rugs and stair runners. Over $500 was spent on materials and furniture. This is the ninth dollhouse Peter has built, starting 50 years ago when he made the first one for his daughter.
Proceeds from the event benefited the Benevolent Care Fund which is a Fund set up to provide support to residents who, despite careful planning, outlive their financial resources. This Fund enables residents to remain at Brooksby Village, knowing they will always receive the care they deserve.
Over 1800 people live at Brooksby Village which has three large clubhouses featuring an on-site medical center, staffed by full-time doctors, five restaurants, two convenience stores, two beauty parlors, a TV studio, a swimming pool, activity rooms, classrooms, game rooms and even two branches of a bank. Residents also have the opportunity to take part in hundreds of different clubs and activities. The community also has its own Interfaith Chapel on campus that serves as the physical foundation for a strong faith-based community.