Clubs and Organizations
June 9, 2015
Residents of The Buckingham senior living community recently came together for a special "Spring Picnic" event at resident-owned Tosca Farms to raise money for the local charity Volunteer Interface Caregivers-Southwest (VIC-SW). The farm is owned by Buckingham residents Willy and Inge Liesner, and this is the second year they have hosted the spring fundraiser, which raised more than $2,000 for VIC-SW. Last year the community raised money for The Parkinson's Foundation. Nearly 50 residents and staff members purchased tickets to attend the picnic and enjoyed a festive lunch with the Liesners amongst acres of beautiful bluebonnets. Debbie Posso, executive director of VIC-SW, was also in attendance.
"It is such a wonderful thing to see the Liesners and our residents joining together to raise money for such an important cause," said Cathy Lightfoot, director of sales and marketing at The Buckingham. "The weather was perfect, and it was breathtaking to picnic amongst so many Texas bluebonnets. It was a lovely event, and everyone who attended had a wonderful time."
VIC-SW is an interfaith organization that provides free one-on-one assistance to the frail and elderly in southwest Houston through a network of volunteers. VIC-SW strives to help these people remain independent, seek health care and preserve their quality of life. The free services they provide include transportation to doctors, clinics and stores, picking up prescriptions, assisting with minor household repairs and light housework, assistance with paperwork and paying bills, giving telephone reassurance and making companionship visits.
"My husband and I love opening up our farm to our neighbors at The Buckingham," said Inge Liesner. "It's even better that we came together for a good cause. We are very fortunate to call The Buckingham home, but there are many seniors in Houston who need extra assistance with daily activities. I'm honored to be involved with such an amazing organization like VIC-SW and grateful that we are able to help it make local seniors' lives a little bit easier."