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An Evening for Hospice Raises $28,000

November 25, 2014

Community Hospital employees provided musical entertainment at this year’s An Evening for Hospice by performing separately as well as leading the crowd as a group in singing “I Saw the Light.” From left, Angie Reiners, Francine Martin, Mike Long, Barbie Long, Adam Wolford and Jon Reiners.

McCook, Nebraska—This year’s An Evening for Hospice event was one of the most successful in the history of the event, netting $28,000.

Community Hospital Health Foundation hosted the 17th annual An Evening for Hospice on November 16. This year’s event once again included the popular Mystery Package game of chance. Four lucky players won packages ranging in value from $500 to $2,500 for the purchase of a $25 chance ticket. Emceed by Cal Siegfried, the game added a fun twist to the evening.

Sharon Conroy, a registered nurse at Community Hospital shared her story of how hospice services helped her as she cared for her sister. “No matter what time of day or day of the week, a compassionate member of the hospice team was at my sister’s side when she needed them,” Sharon said. “They let me be just a sister,” she added.

A special highlight of the event was the musical performances of several Community Hospital employees. The audience was entertained by Jon Reiners, joined by his wife Angie, Adam Wolford, Francine Martin and Barbie Long and her husband Michael. These individuals donated their time and talent for what has been deemed the best entertainment ever.

Guests also enjoyed bidding on the 22 beautiful silent auction packages donated by businesses and individuals. The silent auction raised more than $4,200.

An unexpected boost to the generosity was a challenge match proposed by a benefactor. The challenge prompted additional gifts bringing the total net proceeds to $28,000; the highest total realized in the last five years.

Proceeds raised from An Evening for Hospice go toward supporting the hospice team to attend educational conferences, to purchase grief material for families, to train volunteers and in some cases to assist families where resources are limited. In the past 17 years, more than $400,000 has been raised through An Evening for Hospice events.

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