The 22nd renewal of this summer highlight lived up to this year’s theme, “The Bright Spot of Summer. Thousands flocked to the welcoming St. John Medical Center campus the weekend of July 10-12.
Guests perused the 200-plus art booths and also brought donations of food to the Second Harvest Food Bank truck as an admission donation. This food and fund-raiser annually collects between 4-5000 pounds in donations that are distributed to local hunger centers.
The three-day gala offered something for visitors of all ages. The festival opened with Friday’s VIP Casino Night. Guests stayed late to share camaraderie and fun under a festive tent and play friendly casino games for raffle prizes.
Food trucks were also a new addition to the show, with guests lining up for gourmet, barbeque and other summer treats from preferred purveyors of great eats.
‘Art for Animals’ was another new addition to the show. This special area not only offered gift selections for pets, but supported adoption services for animals in need of a loving home. Many new pets were welcomed by loving families.
Health screenings were held both Saturday and Sunday. Volunteer hospital professionals conducted many screenings through the weekend, from blood pressure to cholesterol and more.
Sunday capped the three days of the fest in traditional manner. A mass celebrated by Fr. William Smith was attended by many community members and hospital employees, including President William A. Young, Jr, and Sr. Judith Ann Karam of the Sisters of Charity Health System.
“22 years ago, St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts planted its seeds, and it has since grown into one of the premier arts and crafts shows in Greater Cleveland,” said SJMC President William A. Young, Jr. “I would like to thank your event organizers and sponsors who make this event possible.”
A special shout-out goes to show director Linda Whelan and assistant director Charla DeVoe of Events that Shine. Another special shout out goes to SJMC’s many volunteers who dedicated many, many hours in preparing for the show and working all three days to ensure a successful event and assist guests. Thank you, Penny Evans and the SJMC volunteer corps.