"A lot of the volunteers and everybody just kept saying we should have a dance and we should have a fundraiser during the winter months because we have the Steppin' Out 5K in the summer," Lori Williams, marketing liaison for AVNAH, said of the decision to hold the event. "People just thought a dance would be really nice."
Admission to the dance will be $20 per person, which includes chips and salsa and entertainment by Jimmy and the Soul Blazers. The evening will include live and silent auctions, which will include individual baskets and a condo stay for seven days at Top Sail, N.C. There will also be a cash raffle with a $500 prize.
Williams said she is hoping for a good community turnout and said she expects most of the hospice and visiting nurse staffs to be in attendance.
"We just want to raise funds to be able to help our patients, that's the biggest thing," she added.
One special item up for auction will be a handmade quilt crafted by the visiting nurse team of Barb Vick, RN, and Donna Schlarb, clinical supervisor, who said they wanted to make something to help with the benefit. The pair, who have nearly 25 years of quilting experienced combined, spent more than 15 hours on the work of art.
"It was fun. It's something we love to do," Vick said.
Vick is not only close in proximity to hospice -- having an office in the same building -- but she has a close connection, having been a recipient of their services. Within four months, hospice stepped in to care for her husband and mother.
"I love hospice. They're very special. I wouldn't have done it without them," Vick expressed. "I couldn't do enough to return everything that they've done for me."
Vick said she has also seen her patients benefit from hospice. "I've called hospice and said, 'I have a baby who is living with her mother at the homeless shelter. She's sleeping in the bed with her mother,'" she recalled. "So, they bought a Pack 'N Play for this mother of mine and we had a Pack 'N Play then at the homeless shelter for the baby."
Sue Barrick, hospice supervisor, explained that AVNAH is a community-based hospice organization, a nonprofit agency that uses money raised to help care for patients with no insurance coverage and other various needs to provide comfort to them in their home, at the hospital or in an area nursing home. She said funds also go towards their bereavement program that offers support to families after their loved one's death -- a service that Vick said has helped her.
The experienced hospice staff assists patients that are seeking palliative treatment for their disease, such as anitibiotics, IV fluids, ventilator support, cardiac drips, chest tubes, tube feedings, hemo/peritoneal dialysis for the hospice diagnosis, palliative radiation, chemotherapy and blood transfusions.
"We are very excited about our first hospice dance," Barrick said, adding that there would be several surprises throughout the evening.
For more information about the dance, contact AVNAH at 330-821-7055.