Dancers entertain the crowd during last year's Hospice Gala.

Hospice gala set to dazzle

Chilliwack Hospice Gala takes an entire year of planning by organizers, said Geri McGrath, executive director of the Chilliwack Hospice Society.

  • Oct. 31, 2011 2:00 p.m.

A spectacular Evening in the Orient awaits the crowds this Saturday.

Putting on the Chilliwack Hospice Gala takes an entire year of intensive planning by organizers, said Geri McGrath, executive director of the Chilliwack Hospice Society.

“It’s going to be an extraordinary event,” she said about the 8th Annual November Night Gala event at the Coast Chilliwack on Nov. 5.

“Chilliwack has elegant and simple taste. We expect the very best and that’s what we get.”

Everyone is invited to enjoy a fabulous social event, and support a cause in Chilliwack “that’s both necessary and needed,” McGrath said.

The glamorous gala will feature an Oriental theme, gourmet dinner,  entertainment, dancing, silent auction and live auction.

Former MP Chuck Strahl has agreed to be the emcee for the night.

“He’s been such a big supporter of hospice and everyone loves him,” she said. “Plus he’s got that voice.”

It’s the biggest single hospice fundraiser of the year, and all proceeds go to offset CHS costs for programs and services.

The title sponsor is Prospera Credit Union, which provides an array of volunteers on the big night, and more.

Last year the glitzy event raised about $70,000 and officials are hoping for an even better result this year.

“Every year the gala provides a considerable portion of our budget,” McGrath said. “It helps pay for everything from our children’s grief group, and adult groups, as well as our relaxation program,” said McGrath.

“It supports our Horse Whisperer Grief Camp for Children as well as pregnancy loss and family support.”

The funding derived from generous donors helps cover the volunteer program active throughout the community and at the hospice residence, in addition to special events like the recent Hospice Film Series and the memorial celebration set for Nov. 17.

“There are still a few tickets left,” she said.

Those who can’t attend and still get involved by buying raffle tickets for some fantastic prizes, or head to the Thrifty Boutique Nov. 4 and 5 for a collectibles sale.

Gala tickets are $150 with tax deductible receipt for $75, available at Chilliwack Hospice Society, 45360 Hodgins Avenue or by calling 604-795-4660. Raffle tickets at the Thrifty Boutique 260 – 45428 Luckakuck Way, $10 each or 3 for $25.

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