To the editor:
Our heartfelt thanks to Fort Dodge and the surrounding communities for your ongoing support of UnityPoint Hospice and quality end-of-life care. On Feb. 1, approximately 400 people gathered to attend the 22nd annual Hospice Ball at the Best Western Starlite Village Inn & Suites. Everyone who attended had a different connection, but all shared the same passion: to support the UnityPoint Hospice program.
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve as co-chairs of this year's event. Our chosen careers have focused on serving the health care needs of individuals and families so it seems appropriate for us to honor the patients and families served in hospice care over the last year. The evening included a buffet dinner, a program honoring those served by UnityPoint Hospice, a silent auction with many donated items and a dance. It was a wonderful evening organized with the help of UnityPoint Hospice staff and volunteers. Thank you to everyone who played a role in the success of this event. Thank you to Trinity Foundation, which also supports and assists in this annual event.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Debbie Hofbauer Compassionate Caregiver Award. This award is given annually to a UnityPoint Hospice staff member who had a positive impact on the lives of patients and their families. Nominations are accepted throughout the year from family members and a recipient is selected by a committee. This year UnityPoint Hospice was proud to recognize Erin Blankenberg, R.N.
Trinity Foundation was also presented with a check from the Calisesi Chiropractic Clinic, which sponsors an annual fundraiser to benefit UnityPoint Hospice and presented the proceeds at the Hospice Ball. UnityPoint Hospice is privileged and honored to be the recipient of their efforts.
All of the proceeds from this event stay in the community to benefit UnityPoint Hospice patients and families at home, in a care facility or at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home. Proceeds support staff education, family education materials, community bereavement programs, and Hospice volunteers. Funds also assist patients with supplies or equipment, special celebrations, communication devices, library resources, music, Angel Hands molding, supplies to assist with dementia patients, travel, and care for someone without funds to cover end-of-life care.
UnityPoint Hospice has served the Fort Dodge Community for more than 30 years. This very important program brings quality end-of-life care to individuals in our community. Your commitment to this program is outstanding. We thank you and applaud you.
Dr. Mark Marner
RaeAnne Frey Marner
Dr. Jim Meyer
Co-chairs, 22nd annual Hospice Ball