By Mark Ambrogi
Appropriately, Olivia Williams Manning is serving as Delta Gamma’s keynote speaker for its Tables That Bloom fundraiser.
After all, Peyton Manning’s mother seems a fitting guest for the Indianapolis Delta Gamma Alumnae group to help raise money for a designed suite at Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St.Vincent Indianapolis named in her honor, the Olivia Williams Manning Delta Gamma Suite.
Olivia was a Delta Gamma at the University of Mississippi.
Tables That Bloom will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at Woodland Country Club, 100 Woodland Lane in Carmel. Laurie Roselle, who served as president of International Delta Gamma from 2012-14, said a variety of merchants are decorating tables in any manner they choose.
Roselle, a Fishers resident, said Manning quickly agreed to help raise money when she heard their plan to decorate a suite in her name.
“She is going to speak to us about being philanthropic-minded,” Roselle said. “She has taught her children by example and all three boys are very much philanthropy minded.”
Roselle said the purpose of the decorated suites is to allow children to stay in rooms that don’t have just plain white walls. The 10 decorated suites include two that were decorated by Peyton Manning and his wife in an Indianapolis Colts motif.
“Our symbol is an anchor, and it stands for hope,” Roselle said. “The suite will have a nautical motif. We hope the kids that have to be there will want to stay there.”
Roselle said the organization took note that there are several fundraisers for Riley Hospital for Children but not as many for PMCH.
“We wanted to do something that would inspire our membership,” Roselle said. “We have 3,000 members in the Indianapolis area and we see maybe 50 to 60 on a regular basis.”
Rosell said the organization needs to raise $50,000 for the suite.
There will be silent and live auction at the luncheon. Tickets are $50 and are tax deductible. RSVP by May 31 at tablesthatbloomindy.com