Touched By an Angel
Touched by an Angel Celebration
A Special Benefit for Community Hospice
October 20th 6-8:30 pm at the National Museum of Dance
On the evening of October 20th, the 21st annual ‘Touched by an Angel’ celebration will be held at the National Museum of Dance. The venue will be transformed into an elegant gathering of residents, local business people and politicians to support the mission of Community Hospice. Providing end-of-life health care, palliative care and support services for patients and families; bereavement programs for adults & children; community awareness; educational programs; and financial aid for those in need encompasses the mission of Community Hospice.
Approximately twenty food stations manned by local chefs offer guests delicacies from butternut squash rigatoni and omelettes to BBQ Memphis dry rub ribs and kale shrimp. Tony Panza, in his role as Culinary Coordinator, ensures that all the food stations run smoothly. To quench the thirst of the anticipated 500 attendees, complimentary champagne and Saratoga Water stations are provided as is a cash bar and new this year, a beer sampling station from Brown’s Brewing Company. All this is available for only $75 per person. In addition, attendees can have souvenir pictures taken by Saratoga Photo Booth and purchase ornaments at the Memory Tree Table.
The word community is found in the name of this hospice and therein lies the importance of this event. It is a coming together to eat, drink and participate in a celebration of life. It is a safe environment where survivors can discuss the loss of their loved one. Many of the attendees have been affected by the work of hospice and after the long track season, this is one of the first opportunities for many to come together and reconnect. Touched by an Angel is community driven and supported by hundreds of sponsors and in-kind donors. There is also a 30-person committee, countless volunteers including local Girl Scouts, Skidmore & SUNY Cobleskill students, and of course the angels, to assist in executing a successful evening. To date, the event has netted about $2 million which is quite a testament to the generosity of our community.
Barb Ecker, Development Coordinator for Community Hospice, has been quoted as saying, “Touched by an Angel is similar to hospice itself; a team approach toward a shared mission.” When asked to expound on this thought, she shared that Touched by an Angel is a heartfelt event. The hospice team meets every morning to discuss their patients and the role each team member plays that day in the life of that patient. Similarly, the Touched by an Angel Committee members and all the volunteers function as a team and have the same mission, to bring awareness about hospice to our community and support our community members who have lost family and friends.
For more information about Touched by an Angel, please call 581-0800.