Excitement is already building in anticipation of the 2021 Hope for Hospice ungala gala, a major fundraiser for Huron Shores Hospice. This year the event will be held on Sept. 16.
This must-attend event went to a virtual format in 2020, because of pandemic restrictions, and while this year’s fundraiser will also be held virtually, organizers have arranged for some exciting changes, including the return of Layne the Auctionista, who will host the live auction. Layne puts all the ‘fun’ into a ‘fun’draiser.
Auction items will be purchased from local businesses with dollars donated by corporate sponsors, meaning participants will not only be supporting the hospice, but local merchants as well. A number of handbags will also be featured in the on-line auctions for those craving their new 2021 handbag.
The $50 price tag (with tax receipt provided) is your ticket to a full evening of entertainment, and with restrictions beginning to lift, ticket holders may be able to gather in small groups to enjoy the evening together – a party within a party! Ticket holders will also have the option of purchasing a charcuterie board and wine for their viewing party.
The pre-show will begin at 6 p.m., and feature local entertainment, leading up to the 6:30 p.m. start. The approximately one-hour show will be followed by a special after-party.
Last year’s event was well received by the public, with 290 participants taking part and over $147,000 raised in support of Huron Shores Hospice.
“We are very excited to offer our new and improved Hope for Hospice 2.0 event for this year,” said Cheryl Cottrill, co-chair of Huron Shores Hospice. “It was disappointing to cancel our Handbags for Hospice event for the second year, as we know how much our community loves this event and looks forward to getting dressed up and participating in this fun evening. However, last year’s feedback was so positive that we knew our community would support another virtual event this year and then be ready to gather in person for 2022 at the Handbags event. The virtual event will be live-streamed directly into ticket holder’s homes, allowing for whatever COVID protocols may be in place at the time.”
A big benefit of hosting a virtual event is that the room is never sold out, and there is no travelling involved. The fundraiser can welcome an unlimited number of ticketholders from all parts of the province and beyond, making this an easy way to reconnect with out-of-town family and friends at a fun and supportive event.
Cottrill says more information, including when the tickets go on sale, will be released in the coming days. Sponsorships are still available, and businesses are encouraged to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 519-368-7762.
Huron Shores Hospice provides quality end-of-life care, at no cost, to residents of Kincardine, Saugeen Shores, Huron-Kinloss and surrounding areas. Their vision is to create a world where end-of-life receives the same beauty, care and respect as the beginning, by helping to create moments that matter.
In addition to end-of-life care, Huron Shores Hospice also provides free programs for Grief Recovery, End of Life Doula services, Death Cafes and End-of-Life Planning workshops. Huron Shores Hospice is a charitable not-for-profit, volunteer-led, community-funded organization, located within Tiverton Park Manor in Tiverton. Visit www.huronshoreshospice.ca for further information about its services.
Tammy Lindsay Schneider, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kincardine Independent