- Last Updated on 08:16 AM 02/13/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
Treat yourself to a night of mystery, extravagance and intrigue on Friday, March 15, at Halifax Regional Hospice’s eighth annual Gala — a Masquerade Ball.
The fundraising event begins at 7 p.m. at The Prizery and promises to be an evening full of surprises. Tickets, at $50 per person, are available at the hospice office.
Organizers of this year’s event have planned an evening guaranteed to please. Only 250 tickets will be sold, so move quickly to reserve a space.
Interested in reserving an entire table? $500 will reserve a table for 10. A $1,000 sponsorship includes a table for 10, a signature drink for each guest and their own personal waiter.
The evening includes food, a cash bar, both silent and live auctions and those attending should be sure to wear their dancing shoes, as music will be provided by 6th N Main with dancing from 8 to 11 p.m.
Bring those dollar bills. One of them will buy a ticket for the $1,000 raffle. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance from any committee member or at the hospice office.
Halifax Regional Hospice cares for terminally ill patients in Halifax, Mecklenburg, Charlotte and surrounding counties.
“Many of our patients remain at home,” said Carol Conner, RN, hospice manager. “But we also care for patients who reside in long-term care or assisted living facilities. And for those who require hospitalization, we care for them there as well. We support the patient and family no matter where they receive care.”
Halifax Regional Hospice offers end of life care to any individual with a limited life expectancy no matter what the diagnosis.
“We provide services to anyone suffering from a life-limiting illness,” Conner said, “including neuromuscular disease, pulmonary disease, heart disease, kidney disease, cancer and dementia.”
Hospice offers skilled nursing services for pain and symptom management, spiritual support, psychological support and assistance with activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing.
Hospice also provides support from the physician medical director, the patient’s own physician and help from an extensive number of dedicated volunteers specially trained to help patients and their families with any number of things.
“When a cure is no longer an option, we help the patient and family focus on comfort care,” Conner said. “We provide durable medical equipment such as hospital beds, wheelchairs and walkers. We also provide oxygen. Our nurses are there to help with pain management, and we are available to our patients 24 hours a day.”
“Each year our requests for services increase and so do our expenses. We do not discriminate on the ability to pay. This is why our annual fundraising event is crucial. We will put the proceeds towards supporting unfunded patient care, bereavement care and education.”