Main Event -- Live and Love for Hospice

By Karen Rorie

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

Seasons Hospice supporters celebrated a "Live and Love Affair" on Nov. 15 at the Kahler Grand Hotel. The gala event raised money for patient care as well as education and bereavement programs for the community. More than 300 people attended, raising over $65,000.

The evening started with a silent auction, champagne and music by the John Paulson Trio, followed by hors d’oeuvres, dancing to the Bruce A. Henry Band and a live auction. "This is one of the best benefit events because they have a live band and dancing," said Carol Lingbeck who attended with her daughter Shelly Knudsen and friend Brenda Berge.

"People know when they come to this event they are going to dance to some great music," said Carolyn Piepho, development director for Seasons Hospice.


"It’s our first time here and it’s a beautiful event," said Connie Dahlberg, who attended with her husband Paul. The event was arranged around the seasons of the year, with silent auction items and food stations reflecting the theme.

"I can’t think of a better place to support," said Lois Nicholson, who attended with Don Schwartz. Several of Nicholson’s friends have benefited from Season Hospice’s care. "I am amazed at the care, consideration and compassion they have for patients, she said.

Shelley Kuhlman’s husband was a Season Hospice patient who passed away last summer. She continues to support the group because of the excellent care. "We couldn’t have had a more complete family experience," she said. "They were focused on what was right for our family. It’s a phenomenal place."

Care and compassion for patients and their families was on the minds of many who attended. "They touch so many people. We are very fortunate that Seasons Hospice is here," said Berge.

Compassionate care would not be possible without the hospice’s staff and volunteers, many of whom worked at the event. "They are a really caring group of people who are so passionate about their work," said hospice volunteer Peg Mattke, who co-chaired the event with Peg Wade.

Admissions Coordinator Julie Assef has worked at Seasons for 12 years. "I have yet to meet two people with the same story," she said. "We can learn so much about living from people who are dying,"

Karen Rorie is a Rochester freelance writer.

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