Letter: Hospice Celebration of Life events

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To the editor:

The 19th annual Hospice Celebration of Life dinner event and golf tournament was June 18 and 19 at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and Catamount Ranch and Club golf course.

Once again, the turnout was profound.

More than 300 supporters of the Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice and Palliative Care program joined us for the dinner event and program Monday.

We implemented some exciting changes that were well received, including our first-ever live auction and an art gallery featuring beautiful pieces from local artists, Hospice staff and volunteers connecting the healing aspect of art with our Hospice and Palliative Care Program.

We also gave away some fabulous prizes that will provide lasting memories for the winners.

Eighty golfers came out to enjoy Catamount’s spectacular course on a picture perfect day, as well as to support the much-needed service Hospice provides to patients facing a terminal illness.

Last year, our staff provided care to 69 terminally ill patients and bereavement counseling and support to more than 300 grieving family members, including children.

We were able to provide compassion, comfort, dignity and hope to our patients and their loved ones during these difficult times due to the generosity and support shown at our annual fundraising event.

Entertainment was provided by Pat Waters, centerpieces were created and potted by children participating in the Poogie’s Place/Cole’s Cowboy Corner youth bereavement program in both Moffat and Routt counties, and our Hospice video was prepared by Erin McDaniel and Suzi Mariano.

It was a very special evening enjoyed by all.

I would like to extend a very big thank you to all of the family members of those that we serve, volunteers and staff, event sponsors, committee members, and to all who came out to celebrate and remember with us.

The generosity and support of this community continues to inspire and to remind us all why this is such a wonderful community.

Lisa Brown

Chief executive officer, Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association

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