Hospice of the Valley Adds a Touch of Elegance to the Old West with ‘Western Soirée at the Villa’ June 1

Hospice of the Valley hosts Western Soiree at the Villa
Hospice of the Valley hosts Western Soiree at the Villa

Soirée benefits organization’s renowned end-of-life services and programs for people living with serious illness and their families

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 20, 2014 – Hospice of the Valley, a leading provider in palliative and hospice care, grief counseling and education in Northern California, will add a touch of elegance to the Old West on Sunday, June 1, from 4 to 8 p.m., when the nonprofit organization hosts its 34th annual “Western Soirée at the Villa” at the Montalvo Arts Center, 15400 Montalvo Road in Saratoga. Funds raised benefits Hospice of the Valley’s renowned services and programs for people living with serious illness and their families.

This year, Auctioneer Frank Sunseri will emcee the Soirée and live auction, while Jill Stein returns as Soirée event chair. In a special tribute, Jim and Anne Cashman will be honored for their combined 30 years of service to Hospice of the Valley.

The Western Soirée will be the last year that Hospice of the Valley will stage a western-themed event. As the organization bids farewell to the western theme, Soirée guests will have an opportunity to experience one of the evening’s highlights – a look back at the previous 33 years of western-themed tradition. 

“A spectacular evening is planned for our soirée guests at the magnificent Montalvo Arts Center,” said Sally Adelus, president and CEO of Hospice of the Valley. “It will be a fun and memorable evening in this enchanting and historic setting.”  

The “Western Soirée at the Villa” promises a fun experience for guests: 

·         A special VIP reception with exclusive wines and hors d'oeuvres. 

·         A gourmet dinner with fine wines at the iconic Villa Montalvo.

·         Guest speaker Maria Torry, M.D., will share her heartwarming, first-person account of how Hospice of the Valley served her family when they needed it the most. 

·         An unforgettable evening hosted by Master of Ceremonies Frank Sunseri. 

·         Live entertainment by Eagles tribute band Lyin’ I's.

·         Unique silent and live auction items. 

·         A final mosey down the memory trail with our old Western theme.

·         And even more surprises.

This year’s Western Soirée sponsors include: Alameda Family Funeral and Cremation; Berliner Cohen; Brannons Medical; Darling-Fischer Chapel of the Hills; Dignity Memorial; Empire Broadcasting, KRTY/KLIV; Hitachi Data Systems; Kirkorian Family Foundation; Leiter’s Compounding Pharmacy; NPC Consulting; Samaritan Medical Center; and The Toeniskoetter Family.

“We are grateful to all of our sponsors and donors for their generous support of our mission,” said Euan Thomson, Ph.D, chairman of Hospice of the Valley board of directors. “Their support is invaluable and allows us to provide the compassionate, personalized care we are renowned for to people living with serious illness and their families.” 

Open to the public, the Western Soirée tickets are: $225; or $275 for VIP tickets, which includes a private reception; or $2,000 for a table of 10; or $2,250 for a table of 10 VIP tickets, which includes the private reception. Sponsorship and donation opportunities are available. For details, please email Amy Ramsey, development officer aramsey@hospicevalley.org, or call 408.559.5600 or visit http://hospicevalley.org/gala.

About Hospice of the Valley

Hospice of the Valley is a nonprofit organization in Silicon Valley that provides serious illness and end-of-life care programs and services, including palliative and hospice care, grief counseling for adults, children and families, and emotional support, education and practical assistance. The organization also provides individual counseling and loss-specific support groups to anyone who has experienced loss. Established in July 2013, the Palliative Care Center Silicon Valley, the first independent, community-based, licensed outpatient center of its kind in California for seriously ill patients and their families, is a division of Hospice of the Valley. Hospice of the Valley also provides a community resource website for caregivers and families at seriousillness.org/santaclaracounty. Serving Santa Clara County since 1979, Hospice of the Valley honors all cultures, beliefs, values and traditions and is committed to serving its diverse community and providing equitable access to care for all regardless of financial ability. For more information, call 408.559.5600 or visit hospicevalley.org.

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