Light the Way Gala

Starts: 9/29/2023
Ends: 9/29/2023
Location: Tanglewood Club

Friday, September 29, 2023 at 6:00 PM

The Historic Tanglewood Club in Chagrin Falls | 8745 Tanglewood Trail, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

The Light the Way Gala began in 2022 as a new annual fundraising event where we come together to celebrate the mission and ministry of Light of Hearts Villa and raise funds to support the Sister Helen T. Scasny, SC Benevolent Fund. This fund is crucial to our ministry as it supports residents who have outlived their financial resources.

This special event will include a plated dinner and dessert by Normandy Catering, open bar, unique raffle prizes, the presentation of the Radiant Heart award, music for dancing and more.

Don’t miss this beautiful fall event at the historic Tanglewood Club in Chagrin Falls. 


Why this fundraiser is important:

Medicaid Shortfall in 2022: $860,429

Life can be complicated. Families plan carefully and save for the future, yet circumstances can deplete savings more quickly than anticipated. The Sister Helen T. Scasny, SC Benevolent Fund supports individuals who are unable to pay or have exhausted their resources. When this happens, seniors rely on Medicaid. Not many senior living facilities allow Medicaid-only residents to move in.

The Medicaid program is funded by state and federal governments. In many states, including Ohio, Medicaid payments are not sufficient to cover the costs of treating Medicaid beneficiaries, like some of our residents. In 2022, our Medicaid shortfall was $860,429. Meaning, if all residents were private pay residents like most corporate for-profit care facilities, that is the amount of additional income we would see on our books.

In 2022, around 40% of Light of Hearts Villa’s residents had no ability to pay privately. We anticipate this percentage will continue to climb in 2023 and beyond. Because of this, we successfully completed the process of having all rooms Medicaid certified by the state in 2022 to further prioritize providing this kind of benevolent care to those in need.

Our faith-based mission calls us to answer this ever-increasing need and we are able to maintain this promise to every resident: No one will be asked to leave if they outlive their resources. Your generous support keeps that promise alive.

The Sister Helen T. Scasny, SC Benevolent Fund is fully funded by grants, foundations and individual donations who help us make up this shortfall. It simply would not be possible without the help of our community.


We are officially sold out! Thank you for your incredible support. Please reach out to Amy Huntley, Director of Development & Communications, with questions at or 440.232.1991 ext. 524.


All praise and glory are Yours, Lord our God. For You have called us to serve you and one another in love. Bless our sick today so that they may bear their illness in union with Jesus' sufferings and restore them quickly to health. Bless those who have grown old in Your service and give them courage and strength in their faith. Lead us all to eternal glory. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.