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Help ‘raise the roof’ on Hospice House

Editor’s note: Although this special Hospice gala takes place in September, the sale of an unusual form of ticket is happening now. That is why we are running this story ahead of time.

By Pam Jung

Staff writer



“Spangles and Spurs” is the title of what promises to be a fun-filled evening in store for all real and wannabe cowgirls and cowboys who want to also support a worthy cause.

The site is gorgeous – a ranch in Penn Valley, owned by Gladys Martines, that has green grass and trees and a water feature. The entertainment starts with a Western show and ends with dancing under the stars to the SOLS Band.




And the food sounds great. At 6:30 p.m., an elegant Western barbeque buffet begins, which will include baby back pork ribs, chicken, tri tip, salad bar, and fruit and homemade cookies for dessert, along with complimentary wine and a no-host Margarita /beer bar.

Following the dinner is the auction that is the heart of the evening, and it is a very special auction indeed. It is what will make the Hospice House, a 12-bedroom facility in Grass Valley for terminally ill patients, a reality.

Whereas previous auctions have focused on building supplies (such as nails, shingles and windows), this year, gala goers will have a chance to “buy” landscaping items (garden art, trees, fertilizer, patio bricks and plants). Each bid brings the Hospice House closer to being built.

For the part of the auction that is more personal, there is one week for two couples at the Wailea Grand Champions Resort in Wailea, Maui; a monthly bouquet of flowers for one year from Grass Valley Florist; and a one-day guided fishing trip for two.

The dress style for this event is denim, which can be made to sparkle with spangles – a real change from the formal attire of the last two such galas.

This is not an event, however, where you can just show up, as tickets will not be sold the night of the event. Your entree is actually an invitation you bring with you. How do you receive one? Call Hospice of the Foothills at 272-5739 to be put on the mailing list and you will receive your invitation in a week or so. The cost is $75 per adult. Also, a group of people can reserve a table together. All proceeds from the evening, organized by Friends of Hospice, go directly to the building and maintenance of the Hospice Home.

One of the most famous hospice patients who made the headlines recently is humorist Art Buchwald. Deciding that he had had enough of dialysis, he entered a hospice facility, prepared to die of kidney failure – but didn’t. Day after day he held court to the rich and famous and some not so, saying goodbye in his inimitable way, expecting any day to be his last. Finally, it dawned on him that he was actually feeling pretty good, so he left the facility for his home in Martha’s Vineyard, where supposedly, to this day, he is enjoying his cigars and life.

WHAT: “Spangles and Spurs” Gala

WHEN: 5-11 p.m., Sept. 9

WHERE: Martines Ranch on Indian Springs Rd., Penn Valley

ADMISSION: $75 per adult. To receive an invitation, call Hospice now.

INFORMATION: Hospice office at 272-5739


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