June 1, 2020
Subject: Cancellation of the DCMC Auxiliary 2020 House and Garden Walk
To: Friends, Homeowners, Sponsors, Artists, and Auxiliary Volunteers
After careful consideration and numerous discussions with homeowners, Auxiliary members, and Door County Medical Center personnel, the DCMC Auxiliary Team has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s House and Garden Walk, scheduled for July 28, 2020. Although we remained hopefully optimistic we could still have the Walk recognizing the 60th anniversary of our Commitment to Community, there were too many uncertainties related to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects. We know this is a great disappointment to all who are involved in planning the event and to those who enjoy attending each year.
Each year’s Walk, which averages up to 1200 participants, requires many months of in-person planning and preparation. With the uncertainty of current and future regulations and limitations involving gatherings of people at large events, and the Auxiliary’s desire not to put homeowners and volunteers at risk, many of those preparations had to be postponed. The Walk organizers’ primary concern is the safety of homeowners, volunteers, attendees, and the community. Also, because of the current economic impact on the Door County business community, the Auxiliary did not think it was appropriate to continue to make sponsorship requests of our local businesses.
The Auxiliary had planned many new and exciting additions to the House and Garden Walk, the longest continuous House and Garden Walk in our nation, to celebrate the 60th anniversary. These events and more will now be held on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. Please continue to check our FaceBook page for updates as well as information on the many beautiful homes and gardens featured in The Walk over the past 60 years.
For sponsors who have already donated funds to this year’s Walk, there are three options. Donated funds may remain with the Auxiliary to be donated to the DCMC Pete and Jelaine Horton Skilled Nursing Facility; the funds could be held until next year’s Walk; or sponsors may request a full refund. Each sponsor will be contacted separately to determine their preference.
Thank you for your understanding and your continued support of the DCMC Auxiliary and the House and Garden Walk as we navigate this challenging time. Come back and join us in 2021 as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary of Commitment to Community! Until then, stay safe, stay well, stay together!
DCMC Auxiliary President
DCMC Auxiliary President-Elect
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