KPAR organizers and Hospice officials show case the Greenhouse that was raffled to benefit Hospice of the Kenai Peninsula.
The warmth emanating from Birch Ridge Golf Course on a recent Friday afternoon had nothing to do with the weather, but everything to do with the hearts and spirited bidding going on during the annual Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors (KPAR) fundraiser for Hospice. While ski parkas were still the apparel for the day the event drew a large group of realtors from across the Peninsula who stepped up and dug deep into their own pockets to support one of their favorite organizations. “We so appreciate what the Realtors do for us at Hospice, they organize this event all on their own and we just come and enjoy. It’s unique when they actually go out and collect items for the auction from this generous community then come here and bid for the items themselves,” said Executive Director for Hospice of the Central Peninsula, Marquitta Andrus.
Sam Barnes and Myla McFarland were co-chairs of the KPAR Hospice Committee again this year and said it was the best ever, “It was terrific, we did it a little different this year we started at noon here at the golf course then we had one auction then some more play time then our tug of war and our second auction and drawing for the green house raffle, we had a lot of people here this year and sold twice as many tickets than ever before, probably more than 700 tickets were sold,” said Barnes. “We totally support the work of Hospice so this event is very rewarding for us and a lot of fun. The realtors are a very compassionate group and we like to reach out to support our community,” added co-chair McFarland. Auctioneer for the event was the veteran bid taker and volunteer award winner Norm Blakeley, of Blakeley’s Auction Co.
Hospice of the Central Peninsula is a non-profit organization that provides trained volunteers to go into a home where there is someone with a terminal illness and support them and their family with what they are experiencing. “We offer volunteers to give care givers a break and it’s the little things we find that are important so many times it’s just the presence of someone to hold a hand, listen to them, and just be there for them. We don’t go in and try to fix anything or bring in an agenda, we are trained to be good listeners and just to be there to offer our compassion,” said Andrus. For more information about Hospice call 262-0453.
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