Columbus Hospice patients with pets may not always be able to take care of their pets because of physical or financial reasons and so the staff at the Columbus Hospice developed the Pet Peace of Mind program to help their patients have their pets with them in their final days. The Columbus Hospice is hosting a Purse Party for Pets fundraiser at 11 a.m. Feb. 19 at the Green Island Country Club for their Pet Peace of Mind program.
All funds raised will go to the Pet Peace of Mind program, which includes delivering pet food, taking animals to receive veterinary care, offering flea and tick medications and grooming — at no cost to the patients. The nonprofit hospice helps around 350 patients in Georgia and Alabama. Although it received a grant of $5,000 last year it still needs additional funds to cover costs and help more patients. Sometimes pets may be the only family a patient has, said Terri Roberts, the director of volunteer services at the Columbus Hospice.
So far the program has helped 42 patients since its creation in January 2010.
Admission to the event is $40 and covers the cost of food. The fundraiser includes an auction of 30 high-end purses modeled by men and a silent auction of about 150 items.
The silent auction includes jewelry, gift certificates, gift baskets, craft bags, handbags and two floor seat tickets to a July 23 Denim and Diamonds concert at the Columbus Civic Center featuring country music artists Jamey Johnson and LeAnn Womack.
“The more people who attend the more people and pets we can help,” Roberts said.
The brunch provided at the fundraiser includes finger sandwiches, chocolate, dipped strawberries, champagne, cheese and vegetable trays, assorted Danishes, orange juice and mimosas.
For more information about the fundraiser, or if you would like to become a volunteer for the Pet Peace of Mind program, call Roberts at 706-243-0044 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations are accepted also.