A sold-out crowd of over 150 attended the Hospice Plates and Glasses fundraiser in Aldergrove on Saturday July 9, setting an attendance record for the event and raising $22,000.
It was hosted by Dennis Quiring and Alena Buis of Quiring Trucking and Gravel Sales Ltd at their rural property, with catering by Angie Quaale and her culinary team from Well Seasoned, created with dishes from 1 Fish 2 Fish Fresh Seafood Market , Bonetti Meats, JD Farms – Specialty Turkey Store & Deli, and Driediger Farms Market, served with drinks from KIS Consulting.
Shannon Todd-Booth, acting executive director of the Langley Hospice Society, said the weather for the outdoor event was perfect, describing the outdoor location as a “beautiful site”, which offered more space than their previous location, the Heritage Hall at Fort Langley.
“We hope they invite us next year,” Todd Booth told the Langley Advance Times.
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Speaking at the event, Todd Booth celebrated the opening of the new 15-bed “Doug and Fran MacDonald Langley Hospice Residence” which welcomed the first end-of-life patients on Tuesday, May 31.
She described how a patient moved into a private room at the new facility that day after spending weeks in a semi-private room at the hospice’s temporary location, only able to take sponge baths and unable to receive visits from his dogs.
“His beautiful German Shepherds were among his first visitors,” recalls Todd Booth.
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“And after almost 43 days of sponge baths, she enjoyed a warm bath in the temperature-controlled tub in the spa room at the new residence – our first resident to use it. Our dear friend passed away the day after.
Speaker Daniela Castroparedes, a grieving adult client of Langley Hospice, shared her story.
In March 2020, when her mother took her own life, Castroparedes described how she was in a state of “shock and dismay” and that as a full-time student, who worked part-time, she would not have couldn’t afford advice. .
Because her mother had volunteered for the bereavement center, Castroparedes reached out and connected with Linda Sheridan, the adult bereavement coordinator at their support program center in Langley.
“I’m so grateful for everything Linda has done for me, it’s hard to put it into words honestly,” Castroparedes said, “but I think my mom put Linda in my path to help guide me. and support me.”
Castroparedes was thus able to be admitted to her “dream law school” to become a lawyer.
“Linda went through it all with me, the ups and downs of life after my mother passed away,” Castroparedes explained.
“She helped me see that I have the right to have a future, and that doesn’t mean I forgot my mother, because her legacy can live on through me and my environment.”
Todd Booth thanked the volunteers who were busy “behind the scenes and in the foreground, packing, setting up the venue and the incredible silent auction here tonight, serving and transporting and everything in between”.
“Our volunteers are rock stars,” commented Todd Booth.
“Some were there from morning to night.”
Todd Booth thanked the artists of the Fraser Valley Potters Guild Society for their generous donations to #heartsforhospice and the lovely potters market on site during the event and Alex Whittaker, who entertained the public with music throughout the day.
Dignitaries attending the event The Mayor of the Town of Langley, Val Van den Broek and her husband, Rob, the Councilor of the Township of Langley, Eric Woodward, and several trustees of the Hospice Society: Kathy Derksen and her husband, George; Bob Carpenter and his wife, Nancey; Bonnie Greenlee and her husband, Steve; and Scott Taylor and his wife, Bethaney.
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