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Hospice celebrates Fall Fling fundraising event Saturday

October 13, 2020 | 12:05 am

Updated October 13, 2020 | 1:50 am

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The largest annual fundraiser for Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky is slated for Saturday. Normally held a few weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby, this year’s event will be held virtually from 7-7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The event will also feature an online silent auction beginning at noon Friday and ending at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Brenda Knollenberg, Development Manager for Hospice, said funds raised ensure that no one is ever turned away from hospice care for inability to pay.

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“We know everyone has had challenges this year,” Knollenberg said. “Our team has been out there, even with COVID-19, serving patients and giving them excellent care. The need is still great to help individuals during their hospice journey, and funds are needed to ensure that everyone has access to these services.”

Knollenberg said funds raised at the Fall Fling will help provide care for those with no hospice payer source, as well as help with end-of-life wishes, special celebrations, and other unique challenges that hospice and palliative care patients and families face.

“We are especially grateful to all of our sponsors – including our Triple Crown Sponsors – Independence Bank, Integrity Testing and Inspection, Inc., and Baird, The Settle Group. They are so committed to our organization and the services we provide, and we couldn’t hold Fall Fling without their generous support.”

While having a virtual fundraiser will be a little different, Knollenberg said there is something for everyone.

“We have some heart-warming stories lined up for the event on Saturday night. And for our online auction – well, we have some awesome items – including a bottle of Blanton’s bourbon, a Kate Spade purse and wallet, and gift cards to local restaurants, to name a few things. There’s a really unique child’s bank. Something for everyone. With Christmas just around the corner, you could get some shopping done early all while helping a great cause.”

The event can be viewed on the organization’s Facebook page.

Registration for the online auction is open now.

“Almost everyone in the community has had a relative, neighbor, or friend receive care from Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Kentucky,” Knollenberg said. “Community support has been tremendous over these past 40 plus years. We have such a generous community, and even though we can’t meet in person this year, we know we have many, many people that are committed to continuing that support.”

October 13, 2020 | 12:05 am

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