Local Burnaby hospice plans an Italian affair to remember

The lull between summer and Christmas can sometimes feel a little dull. If you want a fun fall night, in aid of a good cause, Burnaby Hospice Society’s annual gala may be just the ticket.

Taking place on Friday, September 27 at the Italian Cultural Centre, the theme is La Dolce Vita – the sweet life – and the Society has planned a night filled with delights.

The food will be an all-Italian buffet, and the adorable Barbara Beam of 93.7FM radio will emcee the event. DJ Jordan Zwicker, will be providing the entertainment and he’s known for his ability to get even the most reluctant dancer up for a bop.

Curtis Lee, the Society’s General Manager of Operations, is particularly looking forward to the live auction with Jeff Schwarz, star of TV’s The Liquidator. “It was the highlight of the event last year, and we have some great prizes including hotel stays and sporting event tickets,” says Lee.

It’s not just a great night out – the money raised goes to an incredible cause. “All proceeds go directly to support and raise awareness of Burnaby Hospice Society and its hospice palliative care and bereavement support programs,” says Lee.

“Proceeds will also go to expanding our services as there is an urgent need for more volunteers in care homes where many seniors are alone and die alone. With the support we receive, the Burnaby Hospice Society can continue our critical work of providing compassionate care to individuals during the end-of-life journey and bereavement support to their families and friends.”

Last year’s inaugural event raised $36,000, and Lee hopes to top that total this year. “We have around 250 tickets available and we’re hoping for a sold-out event, attended by supporters, volunteers and members of the community,” he says.

“Last year was great – a lot of fun, and it was heartwarming to see so many people come out in support of hospice and palliative care.”

The event takes place on Friday, September 27 at 6:30pm at the Italian Cultural Centre (3075 Slocan Street). Tickets cost $100 each and are available at Burnabyhospice.org or over the phone at 604-520-5087.

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