Handbags for Hospice raises $195,000



By Tammy Schneider


There will be a lot of women with great looking purses on their arms thanks to the second annual Handbags for Hospice event, held on Sept. 20 at the Kincardine Pavilion.


More than 180 guests attended the signature fundraiser for the Huron Shores Hospice, which raised $195,000- money that will be used to cover expenses for the current hospice bed at Tiverton Park Manor. Plans are also in the works to place a second bed in the hospice at the same location, which will cost another $235,000 to equip and operate for two years.


“Having hospice means providing quality, compassionate end-of-life care for those who need it,” said committee co-chair Carol Rencheck.


Tickets for the event were nominally priced, and included gourmet appetizers and sweets served by volunteers from the Kincardine Lions Club, local firefighters and Hawthorne Community Clinic medical staff. After an hour of visiting with friends and colleagues, the group was addressed by Rencheck and supporter Duncan Hawthorne, who surprised the crowd by presenting hospice with a cheque for $30,000.


“Most people don’t know that there is no government funding,” said Rencheck. “The kindness of people who contribute amaze me. It is overwhelming.”


The fun began when Auctionista Layne began her pitch to sell several handbags and experience-based gift packages in a live auction, coaxing every last dollar out of the laughing crowd.


Rencheck thanked the community, many volunteers and the handbag committee, which includes Cheryl Cottrill, Liz Dillman, Jordan Jarvis, Marlene Morrow, Marie Robinson, Anne Roppel and Beth Trice, and noted that their hard work and commitment made the entire evening a success.