Last year Schoedinger underwent the process of completely renovating the Northwest (Upper Arlington) chapel. A rigorous schedule enabled them to serve their first family at the new chapel in December of last year. This past June was the official Open House for the new building.
The event was held from 4 to 7 p.m. and there were many things to enjoy during the Open House. Many local companies donated items or gift cards/certificates for a raffle being conducted during the event. Staff offered tours of all the new features of the building, and a funeral cake contest/fundraiser was held in the main lobby.
Yes, a Funeral Cake Contest. Local charities or foundations were invited to bake and decorate a cake in something (tastefully) funeral themed and donate it in hopes of winning the contest. Guests at the open house were able to bid on their favorite cake. The cake with the highest bid would win the contest and all money collected from all other bids would go to the winning charity.
Cakes were donated by three local hospices, a local small business, and a local healthcare networking organization. The cakes were very creatively decorated and some were quite the talk of the event. “Death by Chocolate” was clearly the most talked about in that people really appreciated the time and effort that went into decorating that cake.
The highest bid was $50 on the “Willow” cake and all other cakes received bids from $15 to $35.
“This is the first time we’ve ever done something like this,” said Kevin Schoedinger, “and we are delighted with the response.”
Our goal was to create an activity that would help raise funds for a local charity or foundation and make it fun and entertaining. The winning charity, Conway Center for Family Business, received a check for $200, so it was a big success.
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