OUR VIEW: Auction to fund Sanctuary work

By NEMS Daily Journal

Tonight’s Auction 354 fundraising event for Sanctuary Hospice House calls on the generosity of people in the tri-state region served by the palliative-care institution in west Tupelo to help fund an eight-bed addition to care for the terminally ill.
The 6 p.m. live auction, silent auction and $5,000 cash drawdown at BancorpSouth Arena is named in honor of the 354 people who sought Sanctuary’s care in 2010 but could not be served because of constant full capacity of its existing 16 beds.
Sanctuary, an ecumenical, not-for-profit Christian ministry, accepts insurance payments but does not directly charge anyone for its compassionate services for the terminally ill.
Tonight’s gala fundraiser is $10 per person for admission.
About 150 $100 tickets remain for a $5,000 cash drawdown sponsored by CellularSouth, and ticket sales for it end at 6:45 p.m.
Live auction items include a seven-day cruise to Cozumel, Montego Bay and other ports, a seven-day vacation in Maui, a golfing vacation at Canyon Villas near Phoenix, and a five night vacation in Gulf Shores.
The silent auction includes painting, gift certificates, a celebrity bus charter, furniture, collector pottery pieces and other, similar items.
A cash bar is offered. Catered Hors d’œuvres by Rob Leslie are included in the price of admission.
Volunteer event coordinator Natalie Thomas Ellis said Wednesday that Sanctuary will match profits from the auction from its resources for the building fund. The campaign goal is $1 million.
Executive Director Linda Gholston has said clients from 35 Mississippi counties, and from western Alabama and southern Tennessee, have come to Sanctuary.
They have been referred by more than 250 physicians, an impressive measure of confidence in the doctors and nurses and other staff who have worked for Sanctuary, plus a large and supportive volunteer auxiliary.
The Hospice Foundation of America offers this definition of hospice care:
“Hospice is a special concept of care designed to provide comfort and support to patients and their families when a life-limiting illness no longer responds to cure-oriented treatments.
“Hospice care neither prolongs life nor hastens death. Hospice staff and volunteers offer a specialized knowledge of medical care, including pain management. … Hospice care is provided by a team-oriented group of specially trained professionals, volunteers and family members. Hospice addresses all symptoms of a disease, with a special emphasis on controlling a patient’s pain and discomfort …”
Some people doubted the need for Sanctuary. The need and effectiveness are proven beyond doubt. Call (662) 844-2111 for other details.