Advisors with The Co-operators present a $15,000 cheque to the Abbotsford Hospice Society for this year’s Butterfly Ball, taking place in April. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford Hospice Society’s Butterfly Ball receives $15,000 donation

Funds for event in April come from group of advisors with The Co-operators

A group of advisors with The Co-operators recently presented a $15,000 cheque to the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) in support of the 16th annual Butterfly Ball this April.

The funding was provided by Amy Griffith, Sherry Watty, Justin Cathcart, Bethany Heppner, Shawna Vandeven and Aldergrove Insurance Co-operators locations (Otter, Aldergrove, and Abbotsford) with the support of the Co-operators Advisor Community Fund.

The fund supplements donations that The Co-operators advisors make in their local communities.

The Co-operators is known for its community involvement and support for local initiatives that make communities across Canada more vibrant, healthy and sustainable.

The group of local advisors is the presenting sponsor at this year’s Butterfly Ball, taking place Saturday, April 6 at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre.

The gala event celebrates 33 years of community support for AHS and the three-year anniversary of moving into the Holmberg House adult hospice.

The theme this year is From Paris, with Love. Guests will dine on a menu prepared by an award-winning culinary team, sip cocktails, enjoy live entertainment and have the opportunity to bid on live and silent auctions.

Early-bird tickets are now on sale.

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Vandeven, financial advisor/owners at Vandeven Financial Solutions Ltd. and Butterfly Ball commitee member, said The Co-operators is thrilled to participate in this year’s ball.

“We believe the world is a better place when we take care of the things that matter,” she said.

“As a co-operative insurer, we believe we have a responsibility to support our community, and Holmberg House has been filling a very important and growing need in the Fraser Valley.”

Since 1986, AHS has been providing support to those who are palliative and those grieving the death of a loved one.

Holmberg House is home to 10 palliative care beds, anticipatory grief support for families and bereavement services for children, youth and adults.

This year, AHS has impacted over 4,400 people in Abbotsford through their various programs and services.

AHS executive director Ron Kuehl said since opening in 2016, Holmberg House has been consistently full, and there has been a wait list for those wanting to access grief support services.

“We very much appreciate the support that The Co-operators has committed to this year. There has never been a more important time to raise funds for Holmberg House,” he said.

Visit abbotsfordhospice.org/butterflyball or call 604-852-2456 for more information or tickets.

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