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Gala Results

Light the Night in a Winter Wonderland Auction Raises $463,000 for Whatcom Hospice


The 19th Annual Light the Night Hospice Gala Auction held Nov. 9, 2019, at Four Points by Sheraton raised a record $463,000 for Whatcom Hospice, a service of PeaceHealth, which provides care for terminally ill patients in Bellingham and Whatcom County.


Over 340 guests attended the auction presented by Whatcom Hospice Foundation. Tammy Yorkston and Lesa Ferguson served as this year’s co-chairs.


The event featured live and silent auctions, and a sit-down dinner sponsored by WECU. The “Fund-A-Need” portion of the event raised nearly $130,000 in outright donations, thanks to a touching video sponsored by Peoples Bank. Other sponsors included Phillips 66, First Federal, Windermere Property Management and Windermere Real Estate.


Proceeds from the event enable Whatcom Hospice to offer services to patients and families above and beyond those that are reimbursed by Medicare and other insurers. Donations provide:


  • Room and board assistance for the 12-bed Hospice House
  • Uncompensated care
  • Complimentary therapies including acupuncture and massage
  • Patient and family education
  • Patient and family assistance
  • Bereavement resources
  • Staff development
  • Volunteer training
  • Community education


Become a Gala Sponsor

Interested in becoming a Gala sponsor? Please contact Shaaron Coleman by phone at (360) 788-6850 or by email at shcoleman@peacehealth.org. Your generous support of the Whatcom Hospice Foundation ensures that no one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay.