Lohman Funeral Home Port Orange celebrates its reopening with a re-dedication and open house on Thursday that includes an unusual twist: a door prize of a free direct cremation.
PORT ORANGE — Call it a door prize to die for.
To put it another way, the grand prize offered in a drawing at Thursday’s re-dedication ceremony of Lohman Funeral Home Port Orange might be the last gift you’ll ever need:
A free direct cremation.
Guests at the event — from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home at 1201 Dunlawton Ave. — can register for a chance to win the big prize, a service valued at $1,795, said Steve Rader, the home’s funeral administrator.
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"It includes the basic services of funeral director and staff, the care and preparation of our loved one, which involves the refrigeration, the transfer of remains and the cremation fee," Rader said.
Other door prizes include a personalized portrait valued at $300 and assorted restaurant gift certificates, Rader said. Contestants need not be present to win, but obviously will need to be around eventually to make use of the grand prize.
Guests can RSVP to attend the event online at lohmanfuneralhomes.com or by calling 386-761-1100. Door-prize tickets will be provided at the re-dedication ceremony, which also includes open-house tours of the building, which required repairs and renovations because of damage from recent hurricanes.
Improvements at the funeral home include installation of a new roof earlier this year, new flooring, paint, furniture and landscaping. Themes for the interior design were inspired by the Water Lilies series by French impressionist Claude Monet, according to a funeral home press release.
To encourage folks to attend the event, the funeral home has arranged a stylish soiree that features floral arrangements by Simply Roses, as well as complimentary food and refreshments by Millie’s Restaurant & Catering of Daytona Beach Shores.
On the menu: filet and shrimp fondue; chuck/brisket/short rib blend slider burgers; and the restaurant’s signature shrimp and grits, featuring Ponce Inlet white shrimp, andouille sausage and house smoked tomato vinaigrette.
There also will be live jazz by The Hothouse Band, which will also perform "The Star Spangled Banner" for a flag pole dedication and flag-raising ceremony by ROTC students from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
At 6:30 p.m., Mark Spivey, chaplain at Halifax Health Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, will conduct a multi-faith program to offer blessings and prayers for the newly remodeled funeral home.
And maybe a good luck wish for the grand prize winner.
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