Hospice event pays tribute to the Beatles

Lorraine Willney and Jacquie Chappell-Reid try out some the decorations for the “Back To The Beatles” event taking place Saturday to support Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

The yellow submarine and big red bus are ready to roll into Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado’s annual Black Tie and Boots gala taking place this Saturday night at Two Rivers Convention Center.

It’s the largest yearly fundraiser for Hospice and one that’s looked forward to by many because it is a fun, dressy and classy event.

This year’s theme is “Back To The Beatles” and will feature Beatles Tribute band, Imagine. The event is black tie, or “60s attire if you desire.”

A champagne reception and silent auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will take place at 7:30. Music and dancing will commence at 9 p.m.

Lorraine Willney, events coordinator for Hospice, credits a large group of volunteers making this event so fun. Willney said the volunteers begin planning in April by selecting a theme, then spend the summer shopping for sales and brainstorming decorating ideas.

This year the decorations include a full-sized red telephone booth, a replica of Big Ben, and oversized guitars among many others. Willney said it took at least 2,000 volunteer hours to make this event happen.

The live auction will include some exceptional items including a trip to London and a children’s playhouse decorated by professional stagers in an English cottage style. “(The playhouse) will make you want to be a kid again,” said Danielle Moretti Martin, public relations coordinator.

Last year’s gala raised $185,000 for Hospice, an organization that provides health care and bereavement support to the community regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.

Jacquie Chappell-Reid, director of development, said that despite the weakened economy in Western Colorado, the event had more guests, partners and underwriters expected to attend this year than ever before. Over 800 tickets have already been sold.

For ticket information, call Lori Morgan at 683-4934.


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