A group of advisor for The Co-operators recently presented $15,000 to the Abbotsford Hospice Society for its annual Butterfly Ball, this year taking place on April 4. (Submitted photo)

Co-operators advisors donate $15,000 to Butterfly Ball

Abbotsford Hospice Society hosts annual fundraising gala on April 4

A group of advisors for The Co-operators will again be the presenting sponsor for the annual Butterfly Ball in support of the Abbotsford Hospice Society (AHS).

The group recently donated $15,000 to the AHS for the gala, which takes place Saturday, April 4 at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre. It celebrates 34 years of community support and the four-year anniversary of moving into Holmberg House.

The 17th annual gala, themed “A Night in Bloom,” features a menu prepared by an award-winning culinary team, cocktails, live entertainment and the opportunity to bid on live and silent auctions.

“The Co-operators is thrilled to support Holmberg House once again this year. Our donation today helps address important community needs”, said Shawna Vandeven, financial advisor/owner at Vandeven Financial Solutions Ltd. and Butterfly Ball committee member.

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

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

This year, they have launched a new Hospice Day Program, which is designed to support those in the community living with serious life-limiting illness and also support for caregivers.

Last year, AHS impacted more than 4,400 people in Abbotsford through their various programs and services, and this year the numbers show to be even higher.

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“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,” said Ron Kuehl, AHS executive director.

“We have seen an increasing demand for our services since opening our doors in 2016. In fact, all our beds have been consistently full, along with a wait list with those waiting to gain access to our grief support services.”

The funding was provided by Amy Griffith, Sherry Watty, Justin Cathcart, Bethany Heppner and Shawna Vandeven with the support of the Co-operators Advisor Community Fund, through which the organization supplements donations its advisors make in their communities.

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

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