This year's Hospice Winter Wine tasting gala called, "An Evening With Hospice," a special kind of evening for a special kind of caring, was sold out three weeks in advance according to executive director Marquitta Andrus.
"We had over 150 members of the community come out to support this event, it was an exciting night and everyone had a great time," said Andrus. The event sponsored by Unocal Alaska included a live auction, fine wines and gourmet appetizers. Premier auctioneer Larry VanRay hauled in the bids on a variety of items that ranged from a horseback beach ride for two, to a live goat, cooking classes to a basket of wine. When the final bids were in and the silent auction items tallied up, Hospice had their most successful event ever, "As always our community was very generous and with Unocal underwriting our expenses, we were able to double our proceeds from last year. We want to thank our community for all the generous donations that made our auctions so successful and for their support that helped make our evening so memorable," said Andrus.
"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. We strive to alleviate the fear, pain and loneliness that can accompany dying. As well as, to help create an atmosphere of love and concern, in which to experience the end of life. We strive to ensure comfort, dignity and choices for the dying person and grieving family," says the Hospice Mission Statement.
Next year's event has already been scheduled for the second Saturday of February. For more information on Hospice services call 262-0453.
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