The fresh scent of hay mingled with the sound of country music drifting towards the rafters, partnered with lots of laughter and joy. Cowboy hats, handkerchiefs, and mason jars were a mainstay of the event, an old-timey gala of fun rivaled only by the importance of the cause. The Jamestown Gateway Train Station was transformed into a romp in the country for the Hoedown for Hospice on May 3rd, 2014. “We had a good time!” Ron Sellers, the President of Hospice Chautauqua County, exclaims.
The night was chocked full of entertainment, great food, and an important purpose: to help fund Hospice Chautauqua County. “The importance of the fundraisers and community support is that it enables this Hospice to provide service to individuals and their families,” Sellers explains. “No person is denied Hospice Care based on ability to pay.”
The fund raiser was planned by a committee of volunteers: Mary Rappaport, Sue D’Angelo, Abbie Lasker, Katie Geise, Michelle Turner, Georganne Rizzuto, Danielle Cederquist, Frank Vassalo, and Linda Rhinehart. Guests enjoyed a social hour before their meal, a buffet-style dinner, and music courtesy of Rockin’ Robin and Sean Patrick Mcgraw. Attendees were encouraged to dress in Country Western attire, adding to the enjoyment of the event. “The dinner dance raised an excess of $25,000 to support the Hospice Mission,” Sellers says. “And while supporting the community, a good time was had by all.” These fundraisers, as well as community support and donations, enable Hospice to provide services outside of their regular care, such as therapy services.
Hospice Chautauqua County provides end of life care and education for residents of Chautauqua County and their families. “It’s extremely fulfilling – we get the honor of helping people to achieve a quality of life at the end of their life,” Sellers says of his work. “Watching families unify at a difficult time and continue to enjoy each other’s company is incredibly satisfying.” To donate, volunteer, or find out more about Hospice, give them a call at 716-338-0033, or visit their website at www.hospicechautco.org.