Annual tour proceeds will benefit cancer services
An Upper Arlington women's group dedicated to supporting cancer services at Riverside Methodist Hospital will host an annual tour of some of the community's most modern and dynamic kitchens.
The 25th annual Kitchen Kapers on Sept. 16 will feature tours of six recently remodeled Upper Arlington kitchens.
The tour, which will take place from noon to 5 p.m., will be hosted by Riverside Methodist Hospital's Women Services Board VII, a group of about 60 Upper Arlington women who since 1987 have sought to provide emotional support to cancer patients at Riverside, as well as to raise funds for cancer services.
Over the course of its work, the Women's Services Board VII has raised more than $400,000 for cancer services at the hospital, including $51,000 from last year's Kitchen Kapers event.
Like last year, proceeds from this year's Kitchen Kapers will go to fund Riverside's Artists in Residency program, which is recognized as a Best Practice by the National Endowment of the Arts. That program links professional artists and musicians who are specially trained, supervised and employed to work with patients at their bedsides and in group settings to involve them in the arts and help them deal with the emotional impact of cancer.
"These are artists from the (central Ohio) community -- if they're musicians or artists with paintings or clay or what have you -- and they are hired by the hospital to work with cancer patients to sort of get their minds off cancer and stress," said Brooke Christman, public relations chairwoman for the Women Services Board VII. "All that therapy is something a lot of hospitals around the country are employing."
People can support the program through the tour, which will allow them to visit recently remodeled kitchens in the following Upper Arlington homes:
* 2230 Cambridge Blvd.
* 2023 Collingwood Road
* 2480 Coventry Road
* 2611 Clarion Court
* 4899 Old Bridge Road
* 2261 Oxford Road
There also will be opportunities for attendees to speak with designers and builders who worked on the kitchens. Food and flower arrangements will be provided by area businesses.
"All of the kitchens we're touring have been remodeled in the last year or two," Christman said. "It's a great cause, and it's great for people who are planning a remodeling project.
"If people are doing a remodel, it's almost always the kitchen."
In addition to being organized by the Women Services Board VII, this year's tour is sponsored by the Koffel Law Firm.
Tickets can be purchased online in advance for $20 per person at kitchenkapers.org, or at Huffman's Market, 2140 Tremont Center, Upper Arlington, and Chocolate Cafe, 1855 Northwest Blvd., Columbus.
Tickets also will be available for $25 per person on the day of the tour at any of the six homes to be featured.
"It's open to anyone," Christman said. "A lot of times, we get husbands and wives who are contemplating a remodel."
The event also will offer raffle opportunities. Items to be raffled include a two-night stay at any Omni Hotel & Resorts location, a $100 gift card to Nurture and $100 gift cards to Phia Salon for a hair coloring and haircut, respectively.
Although Kitchen Kapers has been an Upper Arlington tradition and it was first organized by Upper Arlington women, Christman said the Women Services Board VII is hoping to attract visitors from throughout central Ohio and beyond so it can show off local homes and, more importantly, raise additional money for cancer services at Riverside.
"Last year, we got close to 1,000 people," she said. "Our whole goal is to reach people outside the community because we'd like to make the event even bigger."
For more information about Kitchen Kapers, visit kitchen kapers.org.