Red Deer Hospice Society is excited to announce the $1,000,000 fundraising mark has been reached in the Expansion Fundraising Campaign. Construction of the $ 5.2 million expansion is well underway with foundations and framing continuing despite the recent cold weather .
“We are very fortunate to have such an engaged and supportive community,” says James McPherson, Chair of the Expansion Fundraising Campaign. “We are on time, and on budget.”
Despite celebrating the milestone, the Expansion Fundraising Campaign Cabinet continues to be hard at work, seeking out donations and support. “We still have a ways to go.. While we are so proud of the support we have received to date and we know that lots of hard work is still ahead of us.” says McPherson.
The expansion of Red Deer Hospice Society was in response to increasing community demand. “Typically we run at over 90% capacity and we want to be available when Central Albertans need us. This expansion will allow us to meet the changing and increasing needs of our community while still providing quality end of life care in a home like setting” explains Val Hilario, Expansion Fundraising Coordinator with Red Deer Hospice.
The expansion of the palliative care facility will include an additional six beds as well as enhanced family lounges and quiet areas as well as multipurpose rooms for community programming. The goal is to open the expanded facility in 2019 and serve approximately 100 additional residents and their families each year. Red Deer Hospice continues to be open and serving the community during the renovation.
For more information on supporting the Red Deer Hospice expansion, visit www.reddeerhospice.com or call Red Deer Hospice directly at 403-309-4344.
For additional information, contact:
Expansion Fundraising Campaign Coordinator
Red Deer Hospice Society
403 309 4344 Ext 111
About Red Deer Hospice: At Red Deer Hospice we are committed to providing compassion ate end-of-life care. Our highly specialized, professional staff and trained volunteers are dedicated to caring for the terminally ill and improving quality of life. Since we opened in 2005, more than 1300 residents have journeyed through Red Deer Hospice. In September of 2018, we began expanding our palliative care facility from ten to sixteen beds to ensure we meet the future needs of central Albertans.
Photo Caption: Val Hilario, Expansion Fundraising Coordinator for Red Deer Hospice and James McPherson, Chair of the Expansion Fundraising Campaign Cabinet celebrate reaching the $1 million milestone.
Debut Performance with RDSO
The support of donors and sponsors ensures the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra can create and inspire the next generation of musicians. In particular, we provide professional level performance opportunities for emerging artists, such as Harbour Lehocky, to facilitate their development as musicians.’
Harbour will be making her debut performance with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra at the June 8th ‘Season Finale’ concert in recognition of being a 2018 winner of the Red Deer Festival of the Performing Arts.
Harbour started violin at the age of six, almost 9 years ago, and continues to ask her parents why they didn’t get her started with lessons earlier! She is the concertmaster for the Rosedale Valley Strings Orchestra, conducted by Naomi Delafield, and a member of the Burman University Symphony Orchestra with whom she toured Western Canada in 2018 and California earlier this year. Harbour attended the Orford Musique Academy in Quebec in the summer of 2018, funded by the Lacombe Endowment Grant and will attend several international camps and competitions as well as perform a solo piece with a youth orchestra in Austria this summer.
This busy young musician is also a provincial medals recipient in swimming, holds two provincial records in breaststroke, and is a 2016 Alberta Summer Games bronze medal recipient in triathlon.
Join the audience (tickets remain available) and help the RDSO welcome Harbour Lehocky to the stage!
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