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Wings of Hope to benefit Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin hospice program

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The 16th annual Wings of Hope fundraiser to benefit the hospice program of the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association of Wisconsin will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Monte Carlo Room, 720 N. Wisconsin Street, Elkhorn.

Tickets may be purchased in advance from Aurora VNA staff or at the VNA office, 500 Interchange North, Lake Geneva. Cost is $20 per adult, $10 for seniors, 65 and older, and $8 for children, 6-11 years. For more information, please call 800-644-5860 or 262-249-5860. Tickets will also be available at the door or can be purchased with a credit card at www.Aurora.org/Wings.

Proceeds from the event will benefit hospice patients in Walworth, Kenosha and Racine counties. Wings of Hope will feature a dinner buffet prepared by the Monte Carlo Room, silent and live auctions, door prizes, raffle and live entertainment which will be provided by the Westosha High School Jazz Band.

"Wings of Hope" is the largest fund-raiser for the Aurora VNA's South Region Hospice Program. In previous years, the event successfully funded the hospice suite at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, improvements in bereavement services, charity care funds, and computers and software designed specifically for use by staff members of Hospice Services. This year, proceeds from the event will also support "Baskets of Hope,'' a program which offers comfort care items to every family admitted to the program.

The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Program provides a special way of caring for the person whose life expectancy is limited. Hospice affirms life and maintains the dignity of each individual we serve. The philosophy of hospice focuses on maintaining the quality of life by keeping patients pain-free and comfortable while providing for spiritual, emotional, social and physical needs.

More than 95% of our patients are able to be cared for in their own home. Our hospice staff works closely with the patient, family, and physician to carryout an appropriate plan of care at home. Our team includes physicians, nurses, social workers, clergy, aides and highly trained volunteers, and we work together with the patient and family to develop a plan of care.

Alison Keenan, registered nurse with the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association, said the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association has been providing hospice care to area residents for many years. She said people are living longer and more people are living alone, which can sometimes lead to a decline in support systems.

"As the population continues to age, we see a growing need for hospice services throughout Walworth, Kenosha and Racine counties,'' said Keenan. "We greatly appreciate the support we receive from the community during this event. It makes a difference for the families we serve.''

The Aurora VNA of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit agency that has been committed to keeping people independent in their homes since 1907. The Aurora Visiting Nurse Association is the most comprehensive source of home care services in eastern Wisconsin. Aurora Visiting Nurse Association is part of Aurora Health Care, a not-for-profit Wisconsin health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve the quality of health care. Aurora offers services at sites in 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin.

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Contact: Andy Johnson (262-767-6267)

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