A recent virtual gala raised $150,000 for Abbotsford Hospice Society and its Holmberg House. (Abbotsford Hospice Society photo)

A recent virtual gala raised $150,000 for Abbotsford Hospice Society and its Holmberg House. (Abbotsford Hospice Society photo)

Abbotsford Hospice’s Light Up the Night gala raises almost $150K

Virtual event included pre-show drive-thru pickup of farm-fresh meals

The recent Light Up the Night Gala raised almost $150,000 for the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS) and Holmberg House.

The event took place April 10 and involved guests picking up farm-fresh meals provided by Lepp Farm Market at a drive-thru and taking them home. The festivities were then live-streamed online from Tradex.

Updates on hospice programs, including adult loss services and teen and children grief care, were highlighted between testimonials from Vijay Manuel of MEI and Katie Syroid, board member of Abbotsford Hospice and owner of Hugs in a Mug Coffee Bistro, as well as generous donations from the community.

Also featured were donations from the community, including the Trethewey family, and an online auction.

“It’s beautiful to see the overwhelming and continued support of the community of Abbotsford,” said executive director Andrea Critchley. “This kind of generosity displays the incredible hearts of love and care that our community is known for and what continues to make it such a special place to belong to.”

Since 1986, AHS has been supporting those living with life-limiting illnesses and those at the end of life, along with their families and caregivers and those who are grieving the death of a loved one.

AHS celebrates its 35th anniversary this year as well as the fifth anniversary of the opening of Holmberg House.

Other events planned this year include Hike for Hospice, the Butterfly Release memorial celebration, and the annual Holmberg Golf Tournament to be held at Ledgeview Golf Course on Sept. 17.

Visit abbotsfordhospice.org for more information or to make a donation, or call 604-852-2456.

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