Some feared the annual Hearts and Hands Tablescapes Luncheon, hosted every year since 2011, might be another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic. Chairman Ann Marie Warrick and her committee, though, were determined to continue with the event, which raises funds for Healing Hands Ministries.
Warrick rescheduled the event from its original date in May to June 19, and reimagined the luncheon with new safety protocols. They’ll still host an inspirational speaker and give updates on the charity clinic’s accomplishments, but, instead of a leisurely sit-down lunch, patrons will arrive at the Park Cities Hilton in shifts for social distancing and receive a boxed lunch to eat outdoors or at home. Volunteers wearing gloves and masks will open doors and punch elevator buttons, and patrons will view table designs “art gallery style.” There will be just one entrance and one exit, and hand sanitizing stations will be available.
Tickets may be purchased online here for $50. Viewings of the table designs begin at 9 a.m. and finish at 3 p.m. Designers include local store owners, home stagers, decorators and other creative volunteers.
Healing Hands Ministries provides medical and dental services, including pediatric, vision, well-woman care, diabetes education, lab services, asthma education and rheumatology. In 2019, they provided an estimated 61,000 medical, dental and behavioral health care visits to 19,000 different patients – mostly women and children.