April 21 fundraiser to celebrate the mission of hospice and palliative care in Mankato area

Mankato Times

MANKATO, MINN. — The Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato Health Care Foundation will host the 23rd annual Hospice Family Fundraiser on Friday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the Verizon Wireless Center. The fundraiser celebrates Mayo Clinic Health System’s mission of hospice and palliative care, which focuses on providing emotional, physical and spiritual care for seriously ill patients and their families.

Proceeds from the event will continue to help provide services, programs and bereavement support to patients and their families in the Mankato area. Each year, the Hospice Family Fundraiser generates enough funding to cover about six months of hospice and palliative care operations.

“The Hospice team does incredible work in teaching and guiding patients and their loved ones – as well as other care givers – through the journey when facing life limiting illness,” says Greg Kutcher, M.D., Hospice medical director. “Our goal is to help others understand Hospice is not about speeding up the death process, it’s about making health care at the end of life as holistic as possible.”

“I have seen firsthand the benefit of palliative care and am proud to support its development,” says Scott Michaletz, whose family benefitted from Hospice services in the past. “The Hospice Family Fundraiser has become a community event, a fun but emotional night, and a significant money-raising event.”

The evening celebration and fundraiser begins with hors d’oeuvres, a raffle and silent auction, and is followed by a program and live auction.

Reservations are $100 per person and required as space is limited. Seating is guaranteed for all attendees, and reservations will not be accepted the night of the event. To register, call at 507-385-2932 or visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org/HFF.

Hospice refers to supportive care that neither prolongs life nor accelerates death. Rather, it focuses on patients living comfortably and to their fullest extent. Hospice is one component of the broader palliative care, which is a specialized team approach to caring for seriously ill people and their families.

Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.





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