In recognition of its silver anniversary, Niagara Hospice will host a 25th Anniversary Gala Under the Stars at 6 p.m. Aug. 16 beneath the newly constructed Dominic Lariccia Family Pavilion on the Sunset Drive Campus. The gala will feature antique car rides, a star-gazing location with telescopes, live and silent auction items, music by The Jim Beishline Quartet, local wines from the Niagara Wine Trail and local and regional craft beers provided by WNY Beer Club, catering by the Tuscarora Inn, live and silent auctions, a chance to win $10,000 and more.
In addition to the Gala, a pictorial scrapbook illustrating Niagara Hospice’s history going back to 1980 is being published, and will be available at the Gala.
“25 Years of Shared Journeys” starts when offering local hospice care was just an idea.
Evans, who has been a board member since the beginning, along with volunteers Janice Litz, Mary Ligammari and April Biamonte, pored over boxes and files from the last 33 years to assemble and design the limited edition book, that will be available for a $20 donation at the Gala, and is already available online at NiagaraHospice.org.
Many Niagara Hospice volunteers, staff and hospice family members and founders are remembered throughout the professionally printed book. Funds raised from both the book and the Gala will benefit Niagara Hospice patients and families.
Although it would seem to be a depressing mission, the workers at hospice believe that they are offering hope, both for the patients and families they serve.
“There is an emphasis on the quality of life. We provide hope, but it’s a reframing of hope — to die peacefully and not in pain.
The family is a big part of it. We educate them and help them cope. Many times, when you can alleviate the patient’s pain, you alleviate the family’s stress,” Evans said.