Gaines Family honors mothers with luncheon

James W. Wade III | 5/14/2014, 10:23 a.m.
Pastor George O. Stewart, of Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, served as the Master of Ceremony.

Mother’s Day is truly a day to give honor to the woman who, in most cases, did so much for you in your life. On Sunday, May 11, The Gaines family sponsored another Mother’s Day event where more then 600 people from approximately 70 churches around the city met the Gaines family at the Holiday Inn in Independence, Ohio for The 4th annual Rosa Gaines Mother’s Day Event.

The Gaines Family celebrated and honored mothers both past and present. The theme of this event was titled, “A Mother’s Covering.”

Richard McClendon, a well known magician in Cleveland, entertained the crowd with his magic. Venetia and Company blessed the audience by way of mimes and praise dancing to a song entitled “Cover Me.”

Keli Bonner, third generation family member, opened with a warm welcome and sharing a little about the Gaines legacy. Pastor George O. Stewart, of Zion Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, served as the Master of Ceremony. Elder Gonelcha Askew, who kept the place on fire with First Lady Tonya Noel, Dionardo Askew and Deacon Sonny Banks, ministered to the crowd by way song and music.

The day was full of outstanding tributes to the mothers. D. Askew sang a special tribute to the mothers and Flight to Glory. With tears coming down, he sang “He’s Sweet I Know” where he substituted she for he. Afterwards, while headed back to his seat, his mother Polly Askew met, hugged and kissed him while praising God for another Mother’s Day.

The flight to Glory Drama Club was in attendance and a tribute was presented in their honor. Mother Lillie Torrence, of New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, hosted a fashion show presented by Ms. C’S fashion. Rev. Dr. Robin E. Hedgeman brought a powerful message as only she can do entitled, “A Phenomenal Mother.”

Hedgeman is the esteemed senior pastor of Bethany Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She has served in this capacity since 1997. Prior to coming to Bethany Christian Church in May of 1997, Hedgeman served on the regional staff of the Christian Church in Ohio as Associate Regional Pastor from 1990 to 1997.

The event was both emotional and spirit filled. This event has proven to be a part of the legacy left by Mrs. Rosa M. Gaines. As people gather to honor their mothers and remember Mrs. Gaines, the crowd continues to grow in numbers each year.

In an ongoing effort, the family works diligently to maintain and keep the outstanding reputation for being fair and honest. They have served the community for the past 38 years.

“We want to assure all of greater Cleveland with strong resolve, we prayerfully pledge to continue rendering the same caring, compassionate and quality service. The William A. Gaines Funeral Home,” said Kaye Gaines.

In the closing of the program Gaines Family passed out gift cards for the eldest mother who was 90 plus years old and the youngest married mother who shared between two mothers.