Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Providence House Deck the House


Paul Mittermeier, Nick Sorensen, Joe Sheehan and Andre Tucker (Deck the House)


Mike Stovsky and Gareth Vaughan
(Deck the House)

Ellen Noggle, Santa Claus and Ida Pocci
(Deck the House)

Joanne Scudder, Natalie Leek-Nelson and Alisa McKinnie
(Deck the House)


Providence House
“Deck the House”


The annual “Deck the House” at Browns Stadium is always a fun evening. Stuffed animals for $10, mystery Christmas stockings for $20 and a live auction with very unique items helped organizers shoot for a $100,000 goal. Honorary chairs included Browns players Joe Thomas and his wife Anne, and Nick Sorensen and his wife Danielle. One highlight of each “Deck” party is the presentation of the NFL’s Ed Block Courage award for professionalism, integrity and volunteerism. This year’s winner, chosen by his teammates, was Eric Burton; Nick Sorensen accepted the award in Eric’s absence.
Tradition teamed up with technology at the 2010 fundraiser for Providence House, Northeast Ohio’s crisis nursery. The silent auction, abundant as ever, eschewed paper and pens for high-tech bidding via BidPal electronics. Each guest received an iPod Touch set to his/her bid number. Easy-to-use buttons let you place and monitor bids, check out the action on all items, even make a donation. While a few of the nearly 600 attendees looked askance at the process, most enjoyed this new way to help raise money for the babies.
This being a holiday party, guests also enjoyed seasonal music thanks to the North Coast Men’s Chorus, fun stadium food and, of course, Santa Claus.
Providence House provides shelter for children from newborn to age six at risk for abuse or neglect, as well as parent education and support. STORY BY LINDA McMULLEN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY JEFF FARR


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