“A Night Down Under” Gala Provides Funding for Local Palliative Care and Bereavement Support

The barbee is smokin’, the wine is chillin’, and plans are all set for Evergreen Hospice’s 23rd annual gala—A Night Down Under. This event will be held Mar. 30 at the Angus Glen Golf Club. This year, the planning committee is working to outdo themselves, yet again, with a (virtual) trip to the sunny land of Australia.

Attendees will be treated to a tour of the continent, featuring tastings of wine, beer, and foods. Angus Glen Golf Club will be serving up a gourmet dinner right on theme with the event. Dancing will feature the music of many of Australia’s great bands, from INXS to the Bee Gees to AC/DC. Australia has offered much to the world in the domain of popular music.

Casino games (for fun) will also be available, many of which are based on racing themes.

Evergreen promises to offer a passport of pleasures—literally. Collect as many stamps as you can at each activity, and you will earn raffle tickets towards a draw of great prizes.

“We really depend on the proceeds of this event, more than any of the others we offer, to raise the funds we need to run our programs,” says Jan Pearce, Evergreen Hospice’s executive director. “While the government does help us out, Evergreen must raise nearly 70 per cent of (its) budget from donations and event proceeds. Without this revenue, we simply would be unable to offer many of the support services needed by people with life-threatening illnesses in the community.”

Evergreen offers a wide range of services, not only for people living with serious illness, but also for those who are dealing with grief. This includes young children and youth, who have different concerns and require different programs from adults. Evergreen’s service area includes the communities of Markham, Stouffville, and Thornhill.

This year Evergreen is launching a cancer support group for women, based on requests from local oncologists for a program available closer to their patients’ homes. The C-Care cancer support program will consist of a series of meetings with specific topics that are designed to help women with the emotional and physical impact of having cancer.

Those who are interested in more information and tickets for A Night Down Under, or who want information on Evergreen’s programs, can find details on the organization’s website at www.evgcares.org, or by calling 416 499-2185. Visitors are encouraged to don their favourite fascinator or whimsical hat for the occasion and to participate in the crazy hat contest.