Hospice staff salutes the underwriters of their Winter Wine event
The primary mission of Hospice of the Central Peninsula as a community organization is to bring care and comfort to enhance the quality of life for the terminally ill. Last weekend the community turned out to show how much they appreciate and support their community organization at the annual Winter Wine Event. The 185 tickets sold out a week in advance, and more than 30 volunteers turned out to serve the special guests a series of gourmet appetizers perfectly matched with appropriate wine selections. The event was underwritten by Unocal Alaska and supported by a cross section of local businesses and individuals that donated over a hundred silent and cry out auction items. Auctioneer Larry VanRay took the high bid of the evening at $3,100 for a barbeque party for 50 catered by Steve Horn and bought by Dwight Johnson of Unocal Alaska.
It was another record breaking year according to Sue Zurfluh, director of bereavement services at Hospice, "The totals will top $30,000 this year, and that's up from a very generous $23,000 that was raised at the event last year. We so appreciate Unocal Alaska for underwriting this event and of course all the people who contributed items for the auction and volunteered to serve at the event. It was our greatest success and will help keep our programs going and our library open. We invite anyone who has suggestions about programs or services that will help us serve the community to contact us anytime, we'd love to hear your ideas," said Zurfluh. "Our volunteers are the backbone of Hospice and we had an army of teen volunteers helping again this year. That's very meaningful to us, because they are the next generation and not only is their energy and enthusiasm infectious, but they are the ones who will be taking over Hospice in the future," said Marquitta. For more information about Hospice of the Central Peninsula call 262-0453.
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