Community Hospital Health Foundation gearing up for Hospice banquet

Thursday, October 20, 2016

McCOOK, Neb. -- With a continuing showing of support, residents of the McCook area will gather at the KC Hall Sunday evening, Nov. 13, for the 19th "An Evening for Hospice" hosted by Community Hospital Health Foundation.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the special care that is provided to families by the team of nurses, physicians, social workers and members of the clergy.

Since the beginning of the hospice event more than $455,000 has been raised by sponsorships and donations.

The long-standing tradition of support will be celebrated with a social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner and program. This year's theme is "Light of Hope." Tickets, costing $50 each, are now on sale.

Those attending will be treated to a special program beginning with a skit performed by members of the care giving staff. Dr. Helen S. Chapple, a nurse ethicist and associate professor from Creighton University, will speak about the "Opportunity in Dying." She will be followed by Myrna Mulligan, who will express her gratitude for the hospice care she and her late husband received. The audience will also enjoy soloist, Lisa Bortner, who will entertain with two musical numbers.

Cal Siegfried will once again act as emcee for the event, opening the evening with an introduction of Terri Shipshock and Troy Bruntz, who will welcome the guests on behalf of the hospital and the foundation.

A variety of packages donated by McCook businesses and hospital departments will be available for purchase through a silent auction. Two very special items -- an original acrylic piece of art by Tracy Miller commissioned by Dr. Chris and Barbara Ihle and a quilt by the late Stacy Shaddock, finished by Ashlee Sintler and donated by Sew Blessed.

Brought back by popular demand is the crowd favorite "Mystery Package" game. Those in attendance can purchase a chance for $25 to be one of ten invited up to participate in the elimination game where four people will win a major prize. The packages this year include a trip for two to Washington, D.C. for three nights and four days donated by Community Hospital and McCook Clinic, P.C.; a flight to Denver with lodging and tickets to an event; a half beef donated by Kelcy and Jeff Ruggles; and a $100 gift card each month for one year donated by Walmart.

Those who wish to become a sponsor, donate a package or reserve tickets are asked to contact the Community Hospital Health Foundation at (308) 344-7222.

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