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Hospice store hosting fashion for funds

Organization cares for 300 patients a year, manager says
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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An Auburn organization that provides comfort to hundreds of local residents every year is putting its best fashion forward. The Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice Thrift Store is holding its third annual “Scenes of Spring” Fashion Show and Tea fundraiser May 1. Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice provides services to terminally ill patients and their loved ones throughout the greater Auburn area. Auburn resident Lindsay Rand, a member of the Hospice Community Outreach Committee and patient caregiver, said those who volunteer with in-home patients do things like make lunch, clean and visit with the individuals. “We just go in and we can run errands, just sit, read and visit with the patient, or give the caregiver a respite,” Rand said. “They can’t go anywhere if there isn’t somebody with the patient there. It’s extremely rewarding.” An in-home Hospice care team includes a physician, nurse, social worker and chaplain. If a family desires, the group can also include a physical therapist, home health aide and volunteer, said Anne Lyons, clinical manager for Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice. Hospice cares for about 300 patients a year, Lyons said. Lyons said no one is ever turned away because they can’t pay for Hospice services. “The reason we are able to do that is because of these donated funds,” Lyons said. Monies come from fundraisers, private donations and sales at the Hospice Thrift Store, Lyons said. Kim Chase, coordinator for the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice Thrift Store, said there are a couple reasons for the fashion show. “It’s kind of a two-fold,” Chase said. “No. 1, it’s raising funds for Hospice, and patients and their families. But it’s also raising awareness about the store. The store also funds Hospice. The net (profit) goes directly to Hospice.” Chase said holding a fashion show is a great way to let residents see the store’s clothing selection, and a variety of medical professionals, community leaders and Hospice volunteers will be acting as models. Those who attend can also purchase centerpieces and teacups used at the event. Event coordinators are also planning a silent auction, raffle and food catered by Ty Rowe of Bootleggers. “We have been building every year, and I am hoping to fill to capacity this year, which is 140 (people),” Chase said. Funds raised for Hospice also go toward its free bereavement program, which is open to anyone in the community, Lyons said. Part of that program is the Children’s Bereavement Art Group, which is led by a clinical art therapist. “Through the use of art (the children) learn to express their grief,” Lyons said. “It just really moves you the way those children deal, and really talk through art.” Lyons said Hospice offers human comfort to those who need it most. “Some people really form solid relationships with volunteers where it becomes the highlight of their week to get these visits,” she said. Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com ------------------------------------------------------- “Scenes of Spring” Fashion Show & Tea What: A fundraiser for Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice When: 2 p.m. May 1, doors open at 1:30 p.m. Where: Winchester Country Club, 3030 Legends Drive, Meadow Vista Tickets: $30 per person Information or to RSVP: Call (530) 887-0561 Mistress of Ceremonies: Marianne McClary of “Good Day Sacramento” Information on Sutter Auburn Faith Hospice: Call (530) 886-6650 or visit sutterauburnfaith.org/services/hospice.html