Trinity Hospice Ball

You’re invited to remember and celebrate life

-Messenger file photo by Hans Madsen
Kaye Berry, at left, along with her friend, Beverly Syferd, both of Fort Dodge, bid on silent auction items using Berry’s smart phone during the 25th annual Trinity Hospice Ball held at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites in 2017.

The annual Trinity Hospice Ball is more than just a night of dinner and dancing. It is also an evening to remember and celebrate the lives of those who have died.

This year is the 26th annual Trinity Hospice Ball. It has come a long way since it first began in 1992.

The ball will begin at 6 p.m. on Feb. 3 with a social hour, with a buffet dinner to follow at 7 p.m. at Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites, 1518 3rd Ave. NW.

Proceeds from the Trinity Hospice Ball are used to provide bereavement programs and hospice volunteer training, family education materials and staff education.

Additionally, the funds are used to obtain patient supplies and equipment as well as communication devices, music and library resources and supplies to assist with dementia patients and end of life care for individuals without a pay source.

“Our staff works hard to make sure special occasions in our patient’s lives like baptisms, weddings and birthdays are recognized and celebrated,” said Carol Grannon, co-chair of the Hospice Ball.

Jennifer and Matt Dutcher and Mary and Kirk Yung are the co-chairs for the 2018 Trinity Hospice Ball.

At the ball, a short program with the announcement of the 2018 Debbie Hofbauer Compassionate Caregiver Award recipient will be presented after dinner. The award is presented to a hospice employee who has exemplified values of respect, excellence, attitude, teamwork and trust.

“UnityPoint Hospice is very fortunate to have the support of many committed and talented individuals who work as nurses, social workers, hospice aids, chaplains, volunteers, therapists, including massage, music, physical and occupational, and clerical and administrative support personnel,” Grannon said.

“They are all compassionate individuals who are genuine in their commitment for hospice. Ultimately, death is the natural progression, but how it is faced is what gives meaning to patients and families. Hospice care is provided for all patients with a terminal illness, with the focus on caring, not curing. Services are available to patients at any age with a life-limiting illness. Furthermore, hospice can be provided in a patient’s home, the Paula J. Baber Home, assisted living and a long-term care facility.”

DJ Dean Vinchattle is returning this year, offering a wide range of music for all ages to dance the night away. Dancing will begin after dinner at 8:30 p.m.

Once again, mobile bidding will be featured for the silent auction this year. Guests should remember to bring a fully charged cell phone to the event. If guests do not have a cell phone, there will be Gesture team members dressed in grey present to act as a personal shopper. The silent auction will run throughout the evening until 10 p.m.

Auction items will be on the website for guests to view. Mobile bidding will enable them to bid whether or not they attend the ball. Examples of items available include gift baskets, sports memorabilia, gift certificates, jewelry and designer handbags. Winning bidders who don’t attend the ball will need to make arrangements to pick up their auction items at UnityPoint at Home, 214 S. 25th St.

The Hospice Ball will also feature a raffle which includes a $500 Hy-Vee gift card, $250 gift card to Target, and five separate $50 Casey’s gift cards. The cost is one ticket for $10 or three tickets for $25. The raffle will take place at approximately 10 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsor tables are $300 for a reserved table of four; $600 for a reserved table for eight; and $1,200 for a corporate sponsor, which includes a presence on mobile bidding website, a reserved table for eight and eight complimentary drink tickets.

Tickets can be purchased at Trinity Foundation, 802 Kenyon Road, Fort Dodge ,or by calling 574-6513.

For more information, call 574-6509 or visit