WE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER! On Thursday, September 28th at our inaugural Handbags for Hospice fundraiser, one hundred and seventy supporters enjoyed a dazzling evening of canapes and cocktails, fun and fundraising that netted the nascent Huron Shores Hospice $136,000 for its plan to operate a one-suite residential hospice at Tiverton Park Manor. The money was raised through a silent and live auction of over ninety handbags from well-known designers as well as several experiences involving area restaurants. MC Mike Brough managed the evening, and Layne the Auctionista wowed the crowd with her auctioneering skills and humour, while Duncan Hawthorne, former CEO of Bruce Power, who attended with his wife Lesley as the title sponsors, spoke passionately about the need in the community for the service. “People have the right to die with dignity and this community needs this.”
The $136,000 total included a very generous personal donation from the Hawthornes of $30,000 on the night of the event, bringing the couple’s total contribution to the project to $90,000. Chair Cheryl Cottrill stated, “We would not be looking at opening the doors for the residential hospice without their commitment to the project. We are so overwhelmed by the generosity of the whole community in support of this event and our larger goal to bring residential hospice to our community. On top of the $136,000, we had $18,000 donated through in-kind support. Just an amazing response from our caring and supportive community.”
The added fundraised dollars put the organization in a position to open the doors of its initial one-bed suite as soon as the policies, volunteers and furnishings are in place, potentially by the end of 2017. The group plans to continue to raise funds for Phase II of the plan, which will add a second suite. Cottrill shared, “We are very aware that one bed will never be adequate to look after the end-of-life needs of our community. The additional suite will require an extra $175,000 for two years of operating, plus capital costs for furnishing the space.”
We're really grateful to the following sponsors for their support of the Handbags for Hospice event!