Wreath raffle raises $600 for Tree of Dreams

Patrick Perkins of Derry, N.H., won the Matchbox car wreath created by Penacook Place Admissions Coordinator Maureen F. Blake of Newton, N.H.

HAVERHILL (Jan. 7, 2013) – Penacook Place’s Wreaths for Dreams raffle grew into a two-day event this year, and by the time it was over, participants had raised $600 to help residents’ dreams come true.

For the last 12 years, Penacook Place Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has participated in the Tree of Dreams program, which gives residents the chance to live out a dream, such as riding in a race car, flying a plane or attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

Shortly before Christmas, guests had the chance to stroll the facility’s main hallway, decorated with more than 30 wreaths decorated in varied themes by staff, residents, friends and family and select those they wished to bid on.

“It was such a warm and festive atmosphere,” said staff member Rosanne Estep. “The wreath themes ranged from the traditional red, green and gold motifs, to an Egyptian-themed wreath, to a holiday candy treat wreath, and even to a dog lover’s wreath with colorful dog treats and festooned with a bow made from a leash.”

Gail Cogliano, left, of Bradford, and Penacook Place resident Teresa M. Girouard display the wreaths they won in the Wreaths for Dreams raffle. They helped raise $600 for the nursing and rehabilitation hospital's Tree of Dreams program.

Penacook is a member of the international organization Second Wind Dreams, which promotes the philosophy that a person is never too old to dream. Once members of Penacook’s “Dream Team” discover a resident’s dream, they work diligently to make it happen. The opportunity to participate is open to all Penacook Place residents. Family members, staff, and community members are welcome to help in the achievement of all dreams.

Penacook’s Dream Team has helped plan reunions with family members, visits to favorite restaurants, deep sea fishing excursions, shopping trips, a ride in a tractor-trailer truck, and even a dream wedding complete with a beautiful reception in the Penacook Place Dining Room.

One resident dreamer was honored by a Boston Marathon athlete who ran the marathon in his honor. The marathoner visited Penacook Place and presented the honoree with an official marathon jacket and a medal that only the first 2,000 runners to complete the marathon receive each year.

Located at 150 Water St., the 160-bed Penacook Place – rated deficiency-free in three consecutive annual surveys by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health — is the only not-for-profit nursing and rehabilitation facility serving the city of Haverhill. Contributions that support the purchase of new equipment, renovations and resident activities can be made to the Friends of Penacook Fund, c/o Penacook Place, 150 Water St., Haverhill, MA, 01830.