Etcetera - 01/17/11

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A gastronome's delight is in store for those who attend an Evening of Elegance/Treasures from the Past on Feb. 12.

Presented by Walla Walla Community Hospice, the fundraiser will feature wine and hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction at 7:45 p.m. in the Explorer Ballroom at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center, 6 W. Rose St.

Diners will have a choice of roasted prime rib au jus, smoked salmon-crusted salmon or stuffed acorn squash. Other courses include a wild mushroom risotto cake, spinach salad and creme fresh panna cotta.

Hospice provides a service of compassionate care that benefits area patients in the final stages of life. Their loved ones and caregivers also benefit from their services.

A team of volunteers, doctors, nurses, clergy, social workers and others can help alleviate the burdens tied to terminal illness.

WWCH also provides equipment medications and supplies related to the terminal illness. It works in tandem with the patient's physician to coordinate patient care.

WWCH's website notes that "the success rate of hospice in managing pain is very high, and most patients can be kept comfortable."

Most patients receive care at home or a care facility.

Among its invaluable features is its focus on the entire family and grief support for survivors after the death of their loved one.

In addition, the care hospice provides is is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurance.

If patients don't have insurance, they still are accepted and receive the same level of care as patients with insurance, the website notes.

Additionally, hospice offers its One on One program with individualized grief counseling and grief and bereavement support for children through Camp Amanda.

Previews of the auction catalog may be made at wwhospice.org starting on Feb. 9.

Tickets are $90 per person and reservations must be made by Feb. 8 as tickets will not be available at the door.

Parties of up to 10 may reserve a table. More details are available by contacting WWCH, at 1067 Isaacs Ave., at 525-5561, info@wwhospice, org; or wwhospice.org.

Specials for hotel accommodations will also be available.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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