Over $11, 500 dollars was raised for the work of the Hospice of the Kenai Peninsula last week at the 5th Annual Wine Event and Auction held at the Soldotna Senior Center. "It was the cooperation and support of the local community and merchants that really made this success possible, and of course with Unocal as an underwriter this year buying the wine and food, it really increased our net dollars raised," said Tom Boedeker, Hospice Board president.
According to Boedeker more people turned out for the event then ever before as well, "We sold the same amount of tickets, but a lot of folks buy tickets as a contribution knowing they can't make the event, but this year out of 120 tickets sold, 108 people showed up, and we really had a lot of fun," added Boedeker.
Plans for next years event will include a larger location according to Hospice executive director Liz Shubert. "This is the way we make our money that keeps the Hospice program alive. The money funds our bereavement programs so we can go into peoples homes and be with people that are terminally ill," explained Sue Bezilla, Hospice volunteer coordinator. Members of the local Beta Sigma Phi Chapter, who were assisted by other Hospice Board members and volunteers, served wine, coffee, and an assortment of tasty hors d'oeuvres. Items for the silent and outcry auction were donated local merchants and artisans.
For more information on the services offered by Hospice call 262-0453.
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