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Hospice Autumn Leaves Gala 2012 tickets sold out!

Hospice Prince Edward Gala co-chairs Joshua and Que Colby promise an evening of merriment, pleasant diversions, delicious food from chef Greg Sheridan and delightful music from Peter Rea and the Reasons.

Celebrating and supporting people in “the autumn of their lives” will be the focus of the inaugural gala for Hospice Prince Edward and its bid to create a residential hospice in Picton.
“As it is our first gala, we are working hard to ensure it is a grand success,” said Dr. Joshua Colby who is co-chairing the event with his wife Que. “It is to be formal in attire, but joyful in spirit. The evening will be full of merriment, pleasant diversions, delicious food and drink.”
Que notes they are joined by “a committee made up of some wonderful and talented people working very hard” in planning the Autumn Leaves event set for Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Wellington Community Centre. The $150 tickets ($75 charitable receipt) are selling briskly, with 200 seats available.
Support for hospice and its plan to provide end-of-life care in a residential home is abundant in the community.
This year, Hospice Prince Edward’s first Hike for Hospice witnessed the community collect more than $52,000 and its first Largest Coffee Morning, held in about 50 County homes, churches and coffee shops raised $22,500 toward the development of the facility.
“And still, we’ve received overwhelming support for the gala from community members and businesses,” Colby says. “We have a lot of palliative patients in the community and though a lot of physicians and family health team members are very involved in palliative care, the hospital is not necessarily the most comfortable place for families and palliative patients to spend their last days together. The idea of the hospice facility is making it more of a home environment with good supports and generally a nice space for the patient and family to be in.
“So, we want to have a big celebration and raise a lot of money for the hospice so it can be built.”
The gala will feature a four-course gourmet meal catered by Sans Souci; music from The Reasons and silent and live auctions.
While the auction’s items are many and varied, one highlight includes a complete high-end camping package put together by the County’s doctors to go along with a top-of-the-line kevlar canoe donated by doctors Colby and Elizabeth Christie. Also on the block will be a week’s holiday in Breckenridge, Colorado, a barbecue set and a complete County wine cave.
Updates will be posted to the Autumn Leaves Facebook event page. Tickets are available by calling the Hospice Prince Edward office at 613 476 2181 ext 4253.

Autumn Leaves sung by popular crooner Andy Williams, who died Tuesday, at age 84.
“The falling leaves drift by my window
The autumn leaves of red and gold
I see your lips, the summer kisses
The sun-burned hands I used to hold

Since you went away the days grow long
And soon I’ll hear old winter’s song
But I miss you most of all my darling
When autumn leaves start to fall”

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