Our Hospice plans 25th Jennings Gala, returning to in-person

NORTH VERNON — The 2023 Jennings Gala benefitting Our Hospice will be held live, in-person and in a new venue Saturday, Feb. 4. The theme for the event is “A Starry, Starry Night”

“This year, we are celebrating our 25th year and are excited to bring the gala back live after a two-year hiatus due to COVID,” said Julie Davis, events and volunteer services manager at Our Hospice. “We are looking forward to a successful event in a new location, at The Barn at Willow Lake. We are hoping to have a sold out event, so get your tickets soon!”

Tickets are $60 each or $450 for a table of eight. Tickets must be purchased in advance of the gala and will not be sold at the door. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available at care.ourhospice.org/queen/tickets.

This year’s gala will feature dinner catered by First Class Catering, cash-bar by Las Chalupas, a silent and live auction led by Tom Lawson, crowning of the 25th Jennings County Our Hospice Gala Queen, and music provided by Jeff and Bryce Downs.

The annual gala is the largest fundraiser in North Vernon. Proceeds support the patients and families cared for by Our Hospice’s Jennings County staff.

Queen contest

The community can show your support and vote for Jennings County Our Hospice Gala Queen contestants by voting with donations at care.ourhospice.org/queen.

Jennings County High School students and gala queen contestants Madison Brooks, Makenzey Carr, Sophia Curry, Taylor Easton, Breanne Galyen, Emily Hall, Anna Hyden, Alivia Lockhard, Stella Millspaugh and Hannah Shepherd are currently raising funds in the community. The individual who raises the most funds will be crowned gala queen live during the event.


Auction items can be bid on even by people who can’t attend the gala in person. Register as a bidder and begin viewing auction items on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 a.m. by texting OHSCI to 71760.

Bidding on silent auction opens on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. There will also be a live auction held at the gala event.

Some of the items available are:

  • An $800 gift card to be used on rental at the Secret Hideaway in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
  • Four Cincinnati Reds dugout box seats and gift bag delivery by mascot during the game.
  • A one-night stay and breakfast for two at the West Baden Springs Hotel in French Lick.
  • A three-day, two-night stay at Ceraland Park camp site. Includes park entry and day passes for four.
  • Two general admission passes and one parking pass for the Indianapolis Zoo.
  • A five-night stay in a one-bedroom oceanfront condo at Wyndham’s Ocean Walk Daytona Beach Resort.

“I’m excited to celebrate my first Our Hospice Jennings County Gala, a community tradition for 25 Years,” said Our Hospice President Steph Cain. “I’m inspired by these young women and the gala’s support to the North Vernon Community. We are making a real difference together.

“This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors,” said Davis. They include event sponsors Arvin Sango, Inc., and Title Sponsor, Decatur Mold Tool & Engineering, Inc.

“The support of these along with all the other sponsors, benefactors and community members who join us every year, help us raise funds to bring expert medical care, emotional care and bereavement support to the people of Jennings County,” Davis said.

Additional sponsors include gala sponsors Edward Jones-Jacque Greathouse & Patrick H Baltus, Financial Advisors, ETC Systems, Inc., JCBank and Scott A. Terry DDS. Mission sponsors include North Vernon Abstract Co., Patriot Packaging and Southern Indiana Mold.

More information about the 2023 Gala can be found on our website at care.ourhospice.org/gala/ and Facebook and Instagram pages @Our Hospice.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana is a not-for-profit, community-based hospice providing care to individuals with a life-limiting condition and their families since 1980. Our Hospice cares for our patients and families in 16 counties in southern and southeastern Indiana from offices in Columbus, North Vernon and Greensburg.