the Editor, This past weekend Crook County people proved once again that we have a generous, caring community. Thanks to the efforts of literally hundreds of people, the Pioneer Memorial Hospital Hospice Christmas Benefit Auction raised almost $25,000. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank some of them. Twenty-three decorated trees were donated by individuals or groups, including five youth groups. Twenty two quilts came from additional people, including one that brought $2000. It was made by Carmen Dorsheimer and donated by the PMH Medical staff. Names of these groups and individuals will be listed in our thank you ad next week. The CCHS Construction class helped, as did the Jazz Choir. At the last minute Jackie Warren of the Club Pioneer stepped in to provide our liquid refreshments. Dean Edgerly and Dennis Turman volunteered on short notice to serve as auctioneers. Mark Mobley and friends provided entertainment Saturday night; Crook County Cadet Boy Choir and Bobby & Lori Smith on Friday evening for the open house. Ramona McAlister and Wayne Hanson of Whispering Pines did decorations. Diana Edwards and Juanita Fleming spent months preparing and served the refreshments. Perceptor Beta Mu baked hundreds of cookies. Holly Imbach of Crooked River Veterinary Service spent over 40 hours helping to set up, clean up, and run the event. Advertising support came from The Central Oregonian, Horizon Broadcasting and Crestview Cable. Karole Stockton of Crest View Cable arranged entertainment, Ken & Denise Smith of Prineville Physical Therapy once again brought their 4H group to deliver trees Sunday morning. Mary Shockey, DeLora Landers, Sharri and Shannon Fassett were our payout team. Shelly Wilcox, Marie Lane and Becky McMahon took care of the silent auction. Tracey Mills helped with the bar, Mardee Carter and Don Wee played Vana White at the auction. Pam Alvestad of Tender Foot Reflexology gets a special thank you for saving my feet Saturday morning. The list is long and I’m sure some have been left off. I hope those I’m omitted know that they are also appreciated. All of this effort would have been for nothing without the generosity of those who came to buy Saturday night. Although the list of buyers is too long to mention, special thanks need to go to Jim Puckett of Ochoco Mint Growers, Chet Peterson of Chet Peterson Insurance and Mark Wilson of Programming Solutions. We brought in nearly $25,000, almost $10,000 more than last year. We also want to thank all those who came to see the trees, quilts, silent auction and entertainment, but who were unable to purchase items. Without the support of the whole community we could not do this work as well. Those who provide the silent and often unseen support are very important to us. The money will be used to support families facing the last months of a loved one’s life. In 2001 we have served more than 120 families in Crook County. While insurance and government programs help with the cost of hospice coverage, donations must be used to offset the cost of many of the comfort and security services we provide. We hope that all of you who came to our party had a great time, and that you left knowing a little bit more about what Pioneer Memorial Hospital Hospice does, and how we care for folks in this great community. Plans are already underway for next year’s event, so start thinking about how you’d like to be a part of the Hospice Benefit Christmas Auction. May God bless each of you richly this Holiday season and throughout the New Year. Carol Parker Volunteer Coordinator
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