By Loretta Gillespie
The Cullman Times
Hospice of Cullman County’s annual truck draw down is today at Cullman Regional Medical Center.
This year the truck will be a full-size Chevrolet Silverado! Only 325 tickets will be sold. The event gets under way at 5:30 p.m. in the Colonel Cullmann Room in CRMC’s POB II.
Entertainment for the event takes the form of the humorous antics provided by the auctioneering trio of Ray DeMonia, Perry Warren and Ron Eddleman, who always keep everyone laughing throughout the evening. This year they will be auctioning several delectable homemade cakes. This is one of the highlights of the event, so you won’t want to miss it!
Door prizes this year are better than ever. Chairperson for the event, Gloria Williams, has worked to make sure that each door prize is one that anyone would be delighted to take home.
The drawing for the Chevy Silverado is, of course, the most anticipated part of the evening. The winner will have the option of choosing either the truck or $10,000 in cash.
This is the biggest annual fundraiser for Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Hospice. All funds raised at the event will be used to pay for indigent care. Anyone, regardless of insurance or ability to pay, is eligible to receive quality, end-of-life care, thanks to the Hospice Board and the patrons of this event.
Begun by area citizens and local physicians who wanted to make the end-of-life process more peaceful for patients and families, Hospice of Cullman County has helped patients, family members, friends and caregivers in Cullman County since 1986 as our community’s first hospice organization.
“At the present time, CRMC Hospice is the only such entity in our area that provides service to indigent patients,” confirmed Director of Hospice of Cullman County, Jennifer Smith, RN.
“All monies raised through this event will go toward helping people who are terminally ill — with no possibility of a cure — to die comfortably, in their homes, surrounded by their families and people who care about them,” Smith explained.
This service provides not only medical care for the person who is ill, but counseling for the family and spiritual assistance if requested.
In the past five years, CRMC Hospice has served 616 patients in their last weeks of life. In the past year alone, they were honored to be of service to 136 patients and their families.
The Hospice team at CRMC offers their patients peace of mind, vital information, and continuing support for the families following the passing of a loved one.
“I feel that it is a sacred honor and a privilege to help people as they go out of this world,” said Hospice Palliative Care Coordinator, Dr. Lori McGrath. “At home or in the hospital — people have basic needs such as cleanliness, love and the human touch.”
“For the families, it is a time of great change, confusion, sometimes denial, and the preparation for a painful separation from their loved one. The CRMC Hospice of Cullman County professionals are there to bridge that gap from caretaker to ‘taken care of’ in many ways,” said Smith.
Please plan to take part in this event. For now, it helps to raise funds for someone else’s family; someday it will be our turn. To ensure that CRMC Hospice continues to offer this important service, we ask for your help.
When: Thursday, July 25, 2013
Time: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Event begins at 6 p.m.
Where: CRMC's Col Cullmann room in POB 2
Information: Tickets $100 — only 325 will be sold