HCI Hospice Care Services of Creston is hosting its first-annual Bucket Bash 6:30 p.m. Thursday at The Lobby, 301 W. Adams St. in Creston, to raise funds for its quality of life program.
The quality of life program helps hospice care patients fulfill their end-of-life bucket list wishes.
“All the money we raise will go back into the Creston area community to help people fulfill things on their bucket list,” said Mary Jo Borcherding, co-chair of the Bucket Bash committee. “A lot of times, you’ve got a caregiver that maybe has to quit work so money is tight. Some of the things we’ve done in the past have been providing gas cards. We’ve helped pay some utility bills.”
Other wishes granted have included art supplies for a patient who wanted to paint pictures for her grandchildren, a photography session for family portraits, and planning and putting together of a wedding.
This is the first year for the Bucket Bash event.
“We’ve always been able to do these bucket wishes, but we’ve always used foundation money,” Borcherding said. “Since HCI has taken over the hospice house, our advisory board, we decided it’s time we did a fundraiser and paid it back. This is something we’re hoping to do every year.”
Tickets for the Bucket Bash are $25 and can be purchased at the door or prior to the event at American Home Design Center in Creston.
Each ticket for the event comes with two “chance” tickets. Additional chance tickets will be available for purchase the night of the event.
There will be 24 themed buckets at the event. Those buckets range from a family fun night bucket to a Creston Panthers bucket to several barbecue-themed buckets.
Chance tickets are dropped into the bucket participants hope to win and one ticket is drawn from each bucket, with the owner of that ticket winning the bucket.
“You just drop your tickets in the bucket you want to win,” Borcherding said. “If you buy 20 tickets and you really, really want this (bucket), you can put all 20 tickets in this bucket.”
Borcherding said a representative from HCI will be there to give an overview of the services provided. The program will also include testimonials from individuals who have used the hospice house.
“It’s a heavy subject, but we’re going to keep it lighthearted,” Borcherding said.
A light meal and dessert will be provided.