Nineteen years ago when the idea of having a hospice ball to market our local hospice program to the Fort Dodge community was suggested, most people only understood that the word "hospice" had something to do with "death." Today, as we look forward to the 19th Annual Hospice Ball, the word "hospice" has taken on a whole new meaning. Most people in the Fort Dodge and surrounding communities have either had a loved one enrolled in a hospice program or have had a friend, neighbor or colleague who has experienced a death while enrolled in a hospice program. In 2009, 41.6 percent of all deaths in the United States were under the care of a hospice program.
Hospice is considered the model for quality, compassionate care for people facing a life-limiting illness. Hospice provides expert medical care, pain and symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual support tailored to meet the patient's needs and wishes. Support of the family is equally important in hospice care.
Hospice focuses on caring, not curing. Hospice can be provided in a patient's home, a free-standing hospice facility, assisted-living and long-term care facilities. Hospice services are available to patients with a life-limiting illness of any age.
This year, Trinity Hospice will celebrate the 19th Annual Hospice Ball. It will be a night of dancing, food and fun for those who attend. The Ball will be held Feb. 5 at the Best Western Starlite Village in Fort Dodge and begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. A buffet dinner will follow with a short program and dancing. There will also be a silent auction throughout the evening as well as a quilt raffle and Hy-Vee gift card raffle.
As co-chairs for the 19th Annual Ball, hospice has held a very special place in our hearts for years. We have supported the Hospice Ball for many years and are very pleased to be directly involved with the ball this year. Death is one of the most important events in our lives and yet, for most of us, we think little of death until the day we receive a life-limiting diagnosis. When that happens, Hospice is there to teach us how to prepare. Hospice is also there to teach us how to appreciate the journey toward death in the same way we treasure and plan for other significant events in our lives.
The Hospice Ball, hosted annually by Trinity Hospice, is a celebration of the compassionate program and the long history of caring that Trinity Hospice has in Fort Dodge and the surrounding area. Hospice of Humboldt County has recently joined Trinity Hospice. We are pleased to be working with their qualified staff and strong volunteer team and serving the Humboldt area. The Hospice Ball celebrates loved ones we have lost and raises funds to benefit Trinity Hospice patients and families at home, in a care facility or at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home.
At a glance:
It's time to buy tickets to the 19th Annual Trinity Hospice Ball on Feb. 5.
A reserved table for eight is $600.
A reserved table for four is$300.
Individual tickets are $40 through Jan. 31; $50 after Jan. 31
Send check and contact information, including telephone and address to:
Trinity Health Foundation
Attn: Hospice Ball
802 Kenyon Road
Fort Dodge, IA 50501
One hundred percent of the proceeds raised stays in our community to provide staff education, family education materials, bereavement programs and Hospice volunteer training. The funds raised are also used to obtain patient supplies or equipment. This past year, funds were used to purchase a new lift chair for each patient room at the hospice home. Staff work hard to see that special occasions in our hospice patient's lives are recognized and celebrated so funds go toward making baptisms, weddings and birthdays a cherished memory. Other items such as communication devices, library resources, music, Angel Hands molding kits, supplies to assist with dementia patients, travel and end-of-life care for individuals without a pay source are made possible by the generosity of our community.
Trinity Hospice is very fortunate to have the support of so many committed and talented individuals. Everyone who comes to the ball has a different connection, but they all share the same passion - to support Trinity Hospice.
We are grateful for the support and belief in what we do and for the privilege of caring for your loved ones.
Dick and Crystal Michael and Connie Lind-Fraher are the co-chairs for the 19th Annual Trinity Hospice Ball.