Former Bruce Power President CEO, Duncan Hawthorne and wife, Lesley, traveled from Scotland to host the event. “It lifts the spirit just to be here,” said Duncan Hawthorne. “Things are tough everywhere today. Without real people behind these events they would never happen. These volunteers don’t want the recognition, they simply know it’s the right thing to do.”
Organizer and Chair of the Hospice Foundation, Carol Rencheck, said that it’s the incredible support of the community and over 200 sponsors that will sustain the Hospice well into the future.
“We have provided compassionate end-of-life care to 128 families. This is the essence of our gathering tonight and it stands as a beacon of the compassion of people in Bruce County. Hospice care is freely provided, all offered without charge. We do however, need to raise $300,000 annually. We thank our major sponsors, the Hawthornes, Bruce Power and many others who play a significant role when it comes to enabling dignity at the end of life.”
The evening was emceed and enhanced by Phillip Craig of the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII), who kept the “energy soaring” throughout with his personal anecdotes.
According to Simmons, the Hospice was like a home where the couple had a furnished private room, complete with meals, snacks, WiFi and the use of a phone courtesy of Bruce Telecom.
“The meals were home-cooked and brought right to the room. Our son and daughter arrived and, they too, had their choice of meals. The volunteers, the staff, and the PSW at night, were all so caring and compassionate. I didn’t need to do anything except stay with my wife and love her.”
Following the speeches, the fun part of the FUNdraising began. When Layne the Auctionista stepped on to the stage, everyone knew it was going to be another FUNdraising evening.
With unbounding high energy, Layne moved through the audience creating an “I want that …” attitude, raising the stakes and non-stop bids, all for Hospice. “This is one of the most incredible events I host and I cannot believe the generosity of this community.”