Residents and visitors alike are invited to wake up, smell the coffee, and enjoy tasty breakfast delicacies all in the name of supporting Hospice of the Owens Valley.
The group’s fourth annual Silent Auction and Breakfast Buffet fundraiser is set for Saturday, April 27 at Bishop’s First United Methodist Church, 205 N. Fowler St. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. with breakfast beginning at 9 a.m.
Those attending can expect enticing homemade breakfast delicacies, an array of generously donated silent auction items, and the perfect music to start the day. Hospice Chaplain Tony Unger will serve as the event’s emcee.
Advanced tickets for the fundraiser can be purchased at Pioneer Home Health Care’s office at 363 Academy Avenue, Bishop. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Tickets will also be available at the door.
For almost 40 years, Hospice of the Owens Valley has provided comfort and compassion to patients and their families at the end of life, and it relies on community support to make this fundraising effort a success.
Hospice of the Owens Valley transitioned from an all-volunteer program in 2013 to one that is now licensed and certified through Pioneer Home Health Care. Hospice operates under the medical direction of Drs. Catherine Leja and Tom Boo, and is staffed by RN case managers, a social worker, a chaplain, and aides. Remaining true to its local roots, Hospice still relies on volunteers – very special people who give their time to help others – many who will be staffing the fundraiser.
Pat West, Pioneer Home Health Care’s Administrator, said proceeds from this event help purchase needed equipment and supplies, and help fund volunteer training sessions and grief support groups.
“Hospice provides specialized comfort care during the end of life, and that is what most people think of when they think of Hospice,” West said. “But there is another important service Hospice provides, and that is support for those left behind.”
West said Hospice recently completed an eight-week grief support group with another session planned for later in the year.
“The participants tell us how important it is for them to be able to speak freely of their feelings, to know someone is here to provide support, and in many cases, to just know what they are going through is a normal process,” West said.
Hospice holds other fundraisers throughout the year including the holiday season’s Light Up a Life event where families and individuals make a donation to Hospice. That donation becomes a bright and shining light on the Hospice tree, memorializing or honoring someone near and dear. Hospice volunteers also make and sell crafts at local holiday boutiques to boost funds.
For more information about Hospice or any of the fundraisers, please call Pioneer Home Health Care at (760) 872-4663.
ABOUT PHHC: Pioneer Home Health Care is devoted to providing care for frail, elderly, ill or convalescing family members in their home with compassion and understanding, as well as skill and efficiency. With a full spectrum of services, including Home Health Care, Hospice, Personal Care and Senior Care Management, Pioneer Home Health Care is a complete resource for your family. PHHC is a trusted partner of Northern Inyo Healthcare District.