Handbags for Hospice has record-breaking night


More than 860 guests, 28 sponsors and over 100 volunteers “painted the town” and raised a record-breaking amount for VON Sakura House on January 17, 2020.

We are excited to officially announce the final grand total and the net proceeds of the event – an amazing $170,849!! This is the largest amount raised since the Handbags for Hospice fundraiser began 10 years ago.

A special part of the evening was the “fund-a-need” segment, asking guests to help reach a goal of $50,000 to build a beautiful courtyard oasis in the patient wing. This goal was reached in five minutes when 375 donors raised $55,924 to make this wish come true. A heartfelt thanks to our family representative Barbara Goldhawk who spoke about her daughter Karyn and Stephanie McGaffey, one of our long-time Registered Nurses, who spoke about her experiences and need for this courtyard space.

We couldn’t have done this event without the help of our hard-working and passionate 2020 Handbags for Hospice Organizing Committee: Christie Birch, Jayne Brewster, Karen Culley, Kim DeGraaf, Nancy Howse, Cathy Lee, Sarah Pimentel, Jill Roberts, and Louisa Russell.

A special thanks to Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada as the Handbags for Hospice Title Sponsor.

We are in awe of our community. Thank you.

For more information, please contact:  Trish Gergich Manager, Fund Development 519-539-1231 ext 269 or trish.gergich@von.ca Cell: 519-476-8848

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