It’s showtime 
for Hospice!

GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—Laurie Irions dances to the music as she models a blouse and pants Sunday at the DoubleTree Hotel in Grand Junction during the annual fundraising fashion show for Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado. The show benefits the Child & Teen Grief Program for Hospice.

Glamor and grief don’t usually go together.

But the two paired perfectly Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Fashion Show & Luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel to benefit The Child & Teen Grief Program at Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

The annual show features more than two dozen models performing a choreographed stage show while showing off a variety of outfits from Main Page. Money is raised through sponsorships and tickets sales to the show and luncheon as well as a silent auction.

Christy Whitney, president and chief executive officer of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, said the organization hopes to raise more than $100,000 from this year’s event. About half of the budget for various hospice programs for teens and children comes from the fashion show and the rest comes from various philanthropic donations. Programs that benefit include camps for small children, elementary and middle school-aged children, and a teen grief retreat; individual and family counseling; an equine therapy program and grief support groups that hospice hosts in almost every District 51 school.

Child and teen grief counselor Pat Lewis said at Sunday’s fashion show that the in-school groups help students work through the emotions of losing a loved one with other students who have experienced a loss.

“All of a sudden kids have support. They think they’re alone and they’re not,” Lewis said.

Hospice & Palliative Care Vice President of Clinical Services Kerri Mosinski said teen and child programs began 19 years ago to help kids who had a family member in hospice care. The program soon evolved, though, to include children who lost a loved one suddenly. The help an estimated 140 volunteers provide through hospice’s youth services typically lures a sold-out crowd to each fashion show, Mosinski said.

“People in our community know what it supports and we really don’t have to advertise,” she said.


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