By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Sanctuary Hospice House is getting closer to the goal for its $1.2 million campaign.
With about $800,000 in the bank or pledged, the hospice house has enough money to move forward with the expansion of its kitchen and parking lot, which are prerequisites for the eight-bed expansion, said Linda Gholston, executive director for the hospice house, which provides holistic care for the dying and their families.
“This year has been amazing to me with the economy and how people have given,” Gholston said.
The July 21 Auction 354 raised about $70,000, although donations are still coming in, Gholston said. The hospice house in west Tupelo launched Campaign 354 because they were having to turn terminally ill patients away because the 16-bed facility was full. They turned away 354 in 2010 alone. The additional patient rooms, when built, will allow the hospice house to serve about 100 more people a year.
“We would love to get started on that addition,” Gholston said.
The sponsorship money from 2011 Celebration Village, which will be Oct. 20-22, will be dedicated to the building fund, Gholston said. The money from vendor booth rentals and admissions to the holiday market event will still go toward supporting the operations of the hospice house.
Proceeds from the Sanctuary Village Shoppe, operated by the Sanctuary Hospice auxiliary, have provided about $230,000 for the building fund so far, Gholston said. Those funds will continue to go toward the building fund, unless they are needed to support operations.
GOAL – $1.2 million
RAISED AT AUCTION 354 – $70,000
TOTAL RAISED SO FAR – $800,000