Night Out event raises money for hospice


Night Out event raises money for Putnam County Hospice

By John Bush - jbush@civitasmedia.com



Jeff Loehrke, emcee of the Putnam County Hospice Night Out, announces a raffle winner during the event Saturday night at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus Hall. The annual event raises money for Putnam County Hospice.

Jeff Loehrke, emcee of the Putnam County Hospice Night Out, announces a raffle winner during the event Saturday night at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus Hall. The annual event raises money for Putnam County Hospice.


John Bush | The Lima News

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Knights of Columbus Hall was reminiscent of a Las Vegas casino Saturday night as more than 400 community members gathered for the 19th-annual Putnam County Hospice Night Out.

The sold-out event featured casino games such as blackjack and roulette, a silent and live auction, raffles and bingo, all to raise money for Putnam County Hospice. The event is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.

“We do collect from insurance and Medicare, but sometimes it’s not enough to cover patient expenses,” said Keri Hovest, a registered nurse with Putnam County Hospice. “That’s why we do annual fundraising — to help cover the cost of caring for patients in the home.”

Putnam County Hospice Coordinator Kris Bellman said the event raises around $40,000 a year to help pay for beds, oxygen, medications, personal hygiene items and equipment.

“Everything is getting more expensive, and unfortunately there will be more people who need hospice care as Baby Boomers age,” Bellman said, “so it’s really important we fundraise in order to serve those in our community who are terminally ill.”

A $30 ticket included appetizers, a catered dinner from Henry’s Restaurant, a live auction bid number and a cup of casino chips. Local businesses donated more than 180 items for auction, and sponsored tables at the event. This year’s main sponsor was the Iota Omega Chapter of the Phi Beta Psi, a sorority group from Kalida. The group was also named the 2016 Putnam County Hospice Person of the Year, an award given each year to an individual or group that supports the organization.

“They have been so generous to us in the past, so we decided to honor them with a plaque and a special table tonight,” Hovest said.

Bellman said if it weren’t for community members and groups like Iota Omega, Putnam County Hospice could not exist.

“It truly does fill your heart with joy that these people come out and support us every year,” she said. “We are very appreciative, and we thank them from the bottom of our heart.”

Jeff Loehrke, emcee of the Putnam County Hospice Night Out, announces a raffle winner during the event Saturday night at the Ottawa Knights of Columbus Hall. The annual event raises money for Putnam County Hospice.
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Night Out event raises money for Putnam County Hospice

By John Bush

jbush@civitasmedia.com

Reach John Bush at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @bush_lima.

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