Our Hospice announces fundraising total, raffle winner

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana officials said the 36th Annual Our Hospice Concert fundraising activities netted more than $147,000.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to host this year’s concert due to the weather. Needless to say, we are disappointed as we were looking forward to the performance by Yacht Rock Revue and 40 Years of College; not to mention gathering with 7,000-10,000 of our friends at Mill Race Park. Although the concert was canceled, we continue to be overwhelmed by the support we received,” said Laura Leonard, president of Our Hospice.

This year’s raffle winners were:

  • $10,000 Grand Prize Mary Beth Kelley, Columbus
  • $500 First Place Nancy Kirshman, Columbus, IN
  • $250 Second Place Kiara Denholm, Dallas, Texas
  • $150 Third Place Gary Grieger, Columbus
  • $100 Fourth Place Gabriel Dorothy Woon, Columbus
  • Title sponsors were FORVIA Faurecia and Columbus Regional Health.


“It’s been a very difficult few years for health care and the ongoing support we receive from our community provide us not only much-needed resources, but encouragement to our staff who have been enduring limitations related to the pandemic for so long,” said Leonard.

“Funds raised from the Summer Concert activities will go directly to the care of patients and families cared for by Our Hospice, an end-of-life service that started in 1980; and also those cared for by our Palliative Care team, a new program that provides symptom management in partnership with local physicians to patients undergoing treatment, which we started in 2019 and is only reimbursed at a rate of 17 cents on the dollar. Our friends, supporters and community members definitely responded positively, and we couldn’t be more grateful,” said Julie Davis, event and volunteer services manager for Our Hospice.

A total of 4,704 raffle tickets were sold which helped Our Hospice net the more than $147,000 total, exceeding the goal of $122,000.

In addition to raffle ticket sales, there was also a fish fry at the American Legion and a drive-thru event for purchases of cookies, raffle tickets and T-shirts. The American Legion held a second drive-thru dine-in tenderloin meal to assist since the concert was canceled due to weather.

The American Legion presented Our Hospice with a check for $8,100 from their combined drive-thru/dine-in events. Silgas helped sponsor the initial fish fry. The drive-thru cookie, raffle and T-shirt sale held at NexusPark raised $4,754 and sold 340 dozen cookies baked by our staff and volunteers.

Tony London Co. designed the 2022 concert T-shirts and The Republic designed the 2022 concert poster.