Help for Hospice and beyond

Hospice volunteers join Coordinator Heather Brough (front) to get into character before the doors opened on the sold out Flappers and Dappers 2016 Hospice Gala on May 7 at the Bancroft Curling Club.

Hospice volunteers join Coordinator Heather Brough (front) to get into character before the doors opened on the sold out Flappers and Dappers 2016 Hospice Gala on May 7 at the Bancroft Curling Club.

The Bancroft Curling Club was transformed into a swinging speakeasy for Saturday night’s Flappers and Dappers Hospice Gala. From Patricia Whitlaw’s live crooning to the steady flow of bubbly, celebrities from across North Hastings turned up to support Hospice North Hastings and the result was wild.

Feather, flasks (empty of course) and flappers filled the venue. Guests gasped at the sight of Bruce Kellar’s gangster-inspired spread that featured tables loaded with cheese, meats, olives and seafood.

The evening lived-up to guest expectations with serious networking, schmoozing and hours of wild dancing.

Silent and live auctions brought in much needed funds for Hospice North Hastings and this year, Hospice took a bold move and decided to expand on their brand of “Hospice Helps” by adding a 50/50 draw for the Red Cross relief for Fort Mac fire victims.

“We have been so moved by the stories coming out of Fort Mac,” said Hospice Coordinator Heather Brough. “Bancroft has so many connections to Fort McMurray and as much as we needed to raise funds for Hospice, these folks are desperate. With the support of our staff and volunteers we made the decision to run a 50/50 draw and we raised over $900 for the Red Cross. The Federal Government is matching Red Cross donations so we helped Fort Mac with the love and compassion that Bancroft is known for.”

Funds raised at the Gala support the free programs and services that Hospice offers in the community. Funds are also helping with the new ground floor patient suite that is currently under construction. This new patient room fits well with the Hospice philosophy of care and it will keep everyone closer in the final, precious moments of life.

Brough says the Gala is made possible each year with the help of Hospice staff, volunteers and community partners like Bruce Kellar and John Hales. It takes a massive team effort to pull it off each year but during Sunday morning clean-up everyone was still smiling and looking forward to the 2017 Gala.