Sold out fundraiser comes up big for Hospice

Jodi Maroney with Handbags for Hospice planning committee, Marie Anderson, Chantelle Shaw, Mary Jane Patrick, Carlos Pisquem and his daughter Madalena. (Photo submitted by CK Hospice Foundation)

The 3rd annual Handbags for Hospice raised $24,000 for the Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation.

The sold-out event at the Portuguese Canadian Social Club in Chatham in October saw guests play 12 rounds of Bingo, with the winner each round taking home a designer handbag that was donated by local businesses and individuals in memory of a loved one.

Money was also raised through numerous raffles, and a new draw this year for a Kate Spade bag.

“This is such a fun event and it wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and hard work of the planning committee,” said Jodi Maroney, Executive Director, Chatham-Kent Hospice Foundation. “It’s also a very meaningful event and we are very grateful to those who sponsored handbags and other prizes in memory of loved ones and everyone who attended. How fortunate we are to have a community who continues to show their care and concern for families facing end of life. These funds will be used to provide our Hospice residents and their families with compassionate care at no cost to them.”