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On Saturday, June 21, Kornelia and Gary Lacey hosted 50 guests for a unique Great Gatsby fundraising event. Guests enjoyed a wonderful evening with live music, drinks and sumptuous appetizers, all in support of a good cause: palliative care.

Not only did Gary and Kornelia open up their spectacular home, they invested a great deal of time organizing this successful event. They did this because they believe in this important cause. “We can only stop being afraid of death, if we talk about it and look it in the eye. We have to realize that the miracle of life would be unthinkable without death. And it is important that we never lose our dignity, even while dying,” remarked Kornelia.

Thanks to the Laceys’ efforts, over $5,000 was raised from this evening. These funds will go towards the cost of a wireless resident nurse alert system – a priority for providing care sooner at the May Court Hospice. This important piece of equipment will help caregivers respond to the needs of residents at the hospice much faster than they can today. It is just one of the many items that make up OutCare’s Campaign for Comfort which aims to raise funds for equipment at seven hospices across our community.

Donors and volunteers played an important role in the success of the Great Gatsby Party. As people arrived they were greeted by two vintage cars, loaned for the evening by Rick Soderstrom and Rhéal Meilleu. Chef Mark Esguerra of Stella Osteria donated and prepared all the delicious food, which was served by volunteer high school students. John Bradley, OutCare’s Chairman, generously provided all the wine which was served by Board member Jocelyne and her husband, Richard. Guests were treated to live jazz music performed by a trio of students followed by singing by the talented Jason MacDonald.

The Laceys’ commitment to the palliative care cause comes at a time when it is desperately needed. Today, 7 out of 10 of those who need professional, compassionate palliative care cannot access it. The OutCare Foundation is working hard to support this important cause. With expert advice from the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program, OutCare selects high-priority projects, such as the Campaign for Comfort, and raises the funds to make them possible. Our focus is to help build palliative care throughout our community so that regardless of which organization families turn to, they receive the skilled and compassionate help they need and deserve.

To see the event photos click here to visit the Ottawa Citizen website and click here.

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