Auctioneer Larry VanRay receives last minute instructions from Hospice executive director Marquitta Andrus just before starting the annual fund raising auction at the Kenai Senior Center
Hospice of the Central Peninsula is an army of volunteers that become the strong link when the weaker link is in need. More than an organization, Hospice is an experience and hundreds gathered at the 10th Annual Winter Wine Taste & Auction to celebrate and support the Hospice experience. “We are very excited that our event once again sold out. 172 tickets were sold. This year’s event brought in more funding than ever before,” according to Marquitta Andrus, Hospice of the Central Peninsula executive director.
The evening was filled with a crowd of enthusiastic supporters of hospice. The decorations and ambiance was set in a winter theme with beautiful white roses, silvers, and navy blues. “We appreciate the Beta Sigma Phi who so generously gave of their time and talents. They donated handmade mosaic tiled pots filled with many unique theme items and donated over 20 hours setting up and decorating our dining tables. We are also grateful to our special events volunteers. We are always amazed at the wonderful compliments throughout the evening about their service and kindness. Our teenagers are such a special part of our evening,” said Andrus.
Hospice Board Chairman Tom Boedeker opens the 10th Annual Winter Wine Taste & Auction at the Kenai Senior Center
Veteran auctioneer Larry VanRay was at his venerable best in creating friendly bidding wars that helped in the fund raising effort. Prior to the VanRay banter the ever popular musical artistry of Mike Morgan filled the room and made everyone comfortable in their formal attire. After the final bid was taken, those without a designated driver were given free transportation home compliments of Alaska Cab.
Hospice volunteers serve a capacity crowd at 10th Winter Wine Tasting & Auction
“Our hearts are warmed by the tremendous support this community has given to our organization. Thank you for all the generous donations that made our auction so successful. The proceeds generated from tonight’s event will enable us to provide care at a difficult time in people’s lives, without additional financial stress,” said Andrus.
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