Hospice event raises $32,000

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Handbags for Hospice planning committee members Chantelle Matthew, Dawn McGregor, Dianne Millard and Brenda Anderson are pictured here with Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation special events co-ordinator Katherine Stinson (second from right).

The annual Handbags for Hospice event was a hot ticket in town recently.

Hosted at the Everest Convention Centre on Oct. 12, the event sold out within 48 hours of tickets going on sale and raised an event record $32,000 to support the families cared for at Chatham-Kent Hospice.

At the event, guests played 12 games of Bingo where the prize for each round was a designer handbag from brand names such as Michael Kors, Coach, or Kate Spade.

An additional 35 prizes donated by local businesses were raffled off, in addition to the Platinum Purse draw for a Michael Kors weekender and accessories.

“We are so thankful to the planning committee and the community for their support of Handbags for Hospice. A special thank you to those who sponsored handbags in memory of their loved ones,” Jodi Marone, executive director of the hospice foundation, said in a media release. “This was the fifth year for the event and combined it has raised over $121,000 for families facing end of life. These funds will be used to provide our hospice residents and their families with compassionate care and our community with grief and bereavement support at no cost to them.”

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