Gala Fetes Hospice Supporters

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Celebrate harvest time in the Rim country at the Rim Country Hospice Foundation's annual dinner, auction and dance, Saturday, Sept. 28 at 511 South Mud Springs Road.

This year's Fiesta-themed event complete with mariachi band and gourmet Mexican-inspired food catered by Arizona Taste once again recognizes the supporters and businesses whose dedicated efforts have helped the Hospice Foundation reach its goal of building the Rim country's first hospice house.

While there's still a good while to go before the first patient arrives, supporters will have a chance to see the fruits of their labor by attending this party under a big-top tent on the foundation's 5-acre parcel north of Frontier Elementary School.

And by then, according to RCHF President Jerry Thebado, the property will likely have undergone its official groundbreaking.

The Hospice Foundation gala will begin at 5 p.m., with cocktails and the silent auction. It then segues into dinner, followed by feverish auction action. Among the items that will be up for bid: a five-carat diamond necklace, a men's Rolex watch, vacation packages, hand-painted furniture, a broad variety of antiques, and a set of Ping golf clubs.

"As always, we'll also have some extremely quirky items," Kathleen Hughes, the foundation's treasurer, said. "This year, we have a 6-foot resin Santa Claus that lights up. He's just beautiful!"

The gala event will wrap with live music and dancing.

Tickets are $75 each. Sponsorship tables for 10 are available for $750 and $1,000. All proceeds benefit the Rim Country Hospice Foundation in its goal to build a hospice house.

For ticket information or to make a donation, contact board member Guy Pfister at 474-6424.

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