Joliet Area Community Hospice (JACH) set sail with its Fantastic Voyage Annual Dinner Meeting and Fundraiser, April 16 at Bolingbrook Golf Club.
More than 300 guests attended the nautical themed fundraiser helping to raise close to $49,000. All proceeds benefit the patients and families of JACH. As no one is turned away regardless of ability to pay, fundraisers help to offset costs.
Emcee or the evening was Mark Karner, Edward Jones financial advisor and JACH board member. Mary K. Sheehan, CEO, gave updates on JACH and hospice care.
JACH honored this year’s Heart of Hospice Award recipients: The Community Foundation of Will County for recognizing the importance of hospice care for children and adults and for elevating the culture of philanthropy in Will County and Dr. J.D. Wright for compassionate, loving care given to hospice patients and for his dedication to JACH and the community.
Wright retired in June.
Prizes for the large silent auction and raffle included jewelry and Blackhawks and Cubs tickets. There was also a special fundraising game to win a designer piece of luggage with an extra prize inside including a 4-night get away to The Abbey Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva, sponsored by Margaret and William Benoit. Celeste Turk of Joliet was the lucky winner.
Generous Dinner and Hospitality Sponsors of the event included Horton Insurance, Kurtz Ambulance, AdvaCare, Medline, Busey Bank, ExxonMobil, J.D. Brown, Elite Therapy and Management Services Inc., Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, D’Arcy Buick GMC, Caterpillar, Edward Jones-Ed Dollinger and Mark Karner, and Magik Technology Solutions Inc.
Joliet Area Community Hospice has served the community for 36 years in the counties of Will, Grundy, Kendall, Livingston, LaSalle and parts of DuPage, Kankakee and Southern Cook.
Joliet Area Community Hospice provides compassionate, professional hospice and palliative care to over 30,000 terminally ill patients and their families since 1982. JACH built the first hospice home in-patient unit in the State of Illinois. Currently, JACH serves over 300 patients each day.
In the past two years alone, Joliet Area Community Hospice provided over $1.3 million in charity care, community bereavement programs, unreimbursed pediatric hospice and palliative care, and community outreach.
JACH is a not-for-profit corporation, state licensed, Medicare/Medicaid certified and supported by United Way of Will and Grundy Counties. We serve patients in greater Will, Grundy, LaSalle, Livingston and Kendall counties along with portions of Cook, DuPage, and Kankakee.
For more information about JACH, call 815-740-4104 or visit www.joliethospice.org.