TOWN OF BROOKFIELD – Appreciation for veterans, artwork by local children and a silent auction full of fun summer activities. Oh, and free lunch too.

That's what awaits at the ProHealth Care Regency Senior Communities Open House this Sunday, April 30 and all are welcome.

This year, the event has taken on a new theme.

“We do the open house twice a year,” ProHealth Regency Senior Communities Director of Community Services Lynn Reynolds said. "It used to just be a gathering event to show people in the community what we do here. This is the first year we’re going overboard and making it phenomenal."

Reynolds joined ProHealth about two months ago and made an observation that led to this weekend’s new theme involving the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

“When I started working here I noticed so many gentlemen wearing military hats," Reynolds said. "We have so many gentlemen here who are soldiers and so we thought incorporating the Honor Flight into the open house might make it more fun. It’s a great way to honor these gentlemen.”

The event will feature a screening of the “Stars and Stripes Honor Flight” documentary film, Honor Flight personnel on hand to accept applications and sign-ups from veterans for upcoming trips and a silent auction. All proceeds from the auction will go to help guardians pay their way while they accompany their respective veterans to Washington, D.C.

“We’re shooting for $1,000 because that would donate two flights,” Reynolds said. "The person who is the guardian generally pays $500. The soldiers don’t pay anything."

Auction items include two Door County trip packages, a four-pack of Milwaukee Brewers tickets, original art and gift baskets.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will accept applications from veterans of World War II, the Korean War and terminally ill veterans from any other conflict.

Local children have also gotten involved with the event by creating and donating artwork that will adorn the halls during Sunday’s festivities.

“We had this idea of getting children involved. Some of the people here don’t have family members, but they love when kids come to visit," Reynolds said. "I called Brookfield Elementary and they transferred me to the art room. The art work is amazing. It took two carloads for us to pick them all up.”

For more information call 262-780-0321.

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