Community support allows hospice to help those in need
Annual benefit gala scheduled for Sept. 10 at Statesville Country Club
BY AMY FUHRMAN
Each year, thousands of people are served by the Hospice & Palliative Care of Iredell County (HPCIC).
More than 1,000 patients receive hospice care in-home and through the Gordon Hospice House, and more than 500 children are helped each year through the Rainbow Kidz program. Add to that the many who receive palliative care, participate in bereavement and other support groups, and HPCIC impacts the lives of many Iredell county residents in some of their most difficult times.
To provide those services to everyone, regardless of ability to pay or diagnosis, HPCIC relies on the support of the community, said Karen Lawler, director of development and community outreach.
"There is a gap between the people we serve and what is reimbursed, and that's where the community comes in," she said.
One of the main fundraisers each year for HPCIC is its annual gala, which will be held on Sept. 10 at the Statesville Country Club. This year's event has is themed "An Evening in the Far East," and will feature WAME Radio's Billy Buck as Master of Ceremonies, along with music by the band Phase.
Organizers said there are still a limited number of tickets available. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased in advance online (choose "event tickets" under the "please apply my gift to" tab) or at HPCIC's office, 2347 Simonton Road.