Photo: The auction in progress!
Two-Day Auction Benefits Hospice & Community Care Patients & Families
On Saturday, August 31 and Monday, September 2, Hospice & Community Care (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) held its 35th Labor Day Auction and raised a record $870,000 – an increase of $110,000 over last year.
“The community is extremely generous,” commented Bonnie Jess Lopane, Vice President, Development and Community Relations, Hospice & Community Care. “Hospice & Community Care serves more than 500 people a day, regardless of their ability to pay, in their homes, senior living facilities and at its Inpatient Center. The money raised from the Auction will go toward providing end-of-life care and support for all patients and families.”
During the Auction a record 3,344 bidders bid on vacation stays, jewelry, Amish-made quilts, art, sports memorabilia, plants, tools, furniture, collectibles, and new and used items. In addition, Hospice & Community Care’s Day of Care Auction, where participants buy days or weeks of Hospice care to be given to families in need, raised more than $65,000. That’s enough to cover the cost of roughly 350 days of Hospice care.
The Labor Day Auction would not have been possible without the support and dedication of Hospice & Community Care’s more than 400 volunteers who support the Auction. These amazing men and women helped to unload and arrange donated items the week leading up to the Auction; spent their weekend at the Auction serving in different roles, and helped to clean-up on Tuesday morning.
“Many of Hospice & Community Care’s volunteers are patient families wanting to give back,” commented Lopane. “The Labor Day Auction is a real labor of love.”
Hospice & Community Care is a nonprofit hospice provider serving patients and families at end of life since 1980. In 2018, the organization provided Hospice and Supportive Care for more than 3,600 patients and families, 3,400 patients received palliative care, and more than 9,000 adults, teens and children received grief support from the Pathways Center for Grief & Loss.