Auxiliary aims to make 2018 Fall Gala, Diamonds & Denim, the best yet

Once a month, the Mission Hospice office is filled with refreshments and an extra boost of energy when our Auxiliary volunteers come in for their monthly meeting. This group is dedicated to putting on fun community events that raise funds to support Mission Hospice. They enjoy a lot of laughs while they work hard for a serious purpose.

Right now, they are gearing up for their biggest event ever – the September 29 Fall Gala, Diamonds & Denim, featuring the popular soul dance band Pride & Joy.

“We’re so excited about this year’s gala – it really is a celebration of community,” says First Vice President Yolanda Crosby. “Our goal is to have 400 attendees all out there dancing!”

The Auxiliary has been working for months to plan the evening. They’ve lined up a professional auctioneer and some great auction items, including a cruise through Croatia and Greece, a week in a restored Italian farmhouse, and other unique experiences and collectibles. Thanks to sponsorships from organizations and individuals throughout the community, the Auxiliary is hoping to meet their goal of raising a record $300,000, which will support our hospice house campaign.

The gala is one of two major fundraising events the Auxiliary plans each year. Their annual Bridge Day and Luncheon is a quieter affair – but just as filled with community participation.

Planning these and other events, of course, takes a significant amount of volunteer-power, and the Auxiliary is seeking new members. President Vibeke Gade says, “We’re looking for people who are well-connected in the community, like to fundraise and plan events, and want to do something meaningful.”

Auxiliary members are passionate about the patient care that their events support. Second Vice President Ann Nolan explains, “Mission Hospice provides a critical service for our community – something my family experienced firsthand. Being part of the Auxiliary, I can help ensure that this kind of care is available for all who need it.”

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