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Enjoy hotcakes, help out hospice

Rising construction costs have boosted the need for additional funds $2.5 million to complete the county’s first in-house hospice facility. That’s according to Dennis Fournier, the executive director of Hospice of the Foothills.

It is his hope that the various fundraisers put on by Friends of Hospice can help make a certain amount of the money needed by doing the traditional fundraisers they’re known for doing, such as Breakfast in the Park which will be held Sunday in Nevada City.

Grateful as he is for many efforts of all volunteers who help, Fournier dreams big. He has hopes for more, in the form of a big donor.

While many generous donors have made contributions, including the land by Phil and Ellen Lester and Kenny Ranch Inc., “One of my disappointments,” he says, “which is also a surprise, is that no one in this community that has wealth has yet stepped forward to donate a large amount of money to have the facility named after them.”

“The main sign (with the donor’s name on it) will be right on the highway and everyone who drives by will see it,” Fournier says. He knows of two other hospices where this sort of thing has happen.

The four-year capital campaign for the facility is in the public phase right now, he says, and Hospice is pulling out the stops with booths at public gatherings such as Summer Nights in Nevada City, Thursday Night Marketplace in Grass Valley and at the upcoming county fair.

This effort will raise visibility and hopefully get people to sign up for a tour of the new building, which Fournier himself will conduct. Call Barbara at (530) 274-5105 to arrange a tour.

In the meantime, help support the cause by dining Sunday at St. Canice.

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