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An Annual Auction, Uncertainty, and a Pandemic

Posted on July 13th, 2020

A Message from Wendy Coates, HNW Foundation Executive Director

I have been thinking a lot about uncertainty recently. I bet you have, too. Like you, the pandemic has impacted nearly every facet of my life. Like you, I have been deeply saddened by stories of people throughout the world dying alone and isolated. Like you, I worry because the ways we celebrate, mourn, shop, learn, work, and care for each other have been radically changed. Like you, I don’t know what the future will bring, or when I will visit my parents, or hug my friend with cancer – everything feels uncertain.

But, I know these things…

  • Hundreds of dying and grieving people are being cared for and comforted every single day by Hospice of the Northwest staff in Skagit, Snohomish, Island, and San Juan Counties. 
  • Donors like you help make this care available to everyone, no matter the circumstance.
  • COVID-19 has not impacted the importance of quality of life at the end of life.

Since the pandemic has created uncertainty surrounding public safety and the phased reopening of our communities, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the 2020 Ports of Call Gala and Auction.

When I sat down to write this, I was uncertain about what words I could use to fully explain the implications and the impact of cancelling this event – Gifts given at the Ports of Call event make up nearly a third of the annual program funding.

If you would like to make a gift in support of hospice patients and the people they love, please click here.

Uncertainty has a way of clouding everything up. I’ve been uncertain about how to ask for your help – so many people in our community have lost jobs and income. I’ve been uncertain about how cancelling the event would impact program funding – many of the programs are funded solely through donors like you. Everything feels uncertain.

But, I know these things…

  • Compassionate and dignified end of life care must continue – no matter what.
  • Donors can and will impact quality of life at the end of life.
  • Together we can raise $200,000 in support of expert and compassionate hospice care before September 30, 2020.

While we won’t be gathering in the Corporate Air Center hangar this year, we can still join together to meet the needs of dying people in our community. To help achieve our funding goal, generous and dedicated event sponsors have worked with us to convert their event sponsorships into a matching gift pool! That means the amount of your gift will be matched dollar for dollar until August 15th.

If you would like to learn more about the people and families donors have helped over the years, please click here.

I don’t know if we will meet our funding goal. I don’t know if you will visit the website. I don’t know when the uncertainty caused by the pandemic will end.

But, I know these things…

  • Every person deserves access to expert, compassionate and dignified end-of-life care.
  • Every gift, regardless of size, makes a difference.
  • You can provide hope and comfort to dying people.

Thank you for your support of compassion and dignity every moment of life.

If you would like to make a gift in support of hospice patients and the people they love, please click here.

About Hospice of the Northwest

We are a skilled, caring, and compassionate team of doctors, nurses, social workers, spiritual counselors, aides, volunteers and generous community donors. Together we provide patient-centered care for people facing serious illness. We’ve been serving the residents of Island, San Juan, Skagit and Snohomish Counties since 1989 and want to know how we can support you or your loved one.

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