The Mission Hospice Society has cancelled its annual fundraising gala. / File Photo

Mission Hospice Society cancels annual gala

Office closed to public, events postponed

The Mission Hospice Society is cancelling it’s major fundraiser of the year.

In a statement sent to the Mission Record, Angel Elias, executive director of the society wrote:

“The Mission Hospice Society has had to make the difficult decision to cancel their largest fundraising event for the organization there Annual Gala, taking place April 25th 2020. All sponsorship will carry forward to April 24 2021 Gala and any donations received to date will be stored to use for the 2021 Gala. If you purchased tickets for the Gala, we would like to ask you to donate the ticket cost, so we can recoup some of our losses, or contact us today for a refund.”

“In order to ensure the safety of our community, cancelling this event was a hard decision but one that was necessary,” said Elias. “We are asking that if people would like to continue to support us they can go online to and click the donate now button and donate online what they would of spent at the Gala and we will issue you a tax receipt for your donation.”

Elias also said the society’s AGM has also been postponed and the annual Heritage to Hatzic, 5k & 10K Run has been postponed.

“We have suspended all volunteers from their shifts at the Christine Morrison Hospice and have closed our offices to the public at this time. We will continue to support bereavement needs, however it will not be one to one and will be done so via phone or facetime, or skype.

“We are taking this proactive approach because the health and safety of our clients, volunteers and staff is of utmost importance to us. All of our programs and services will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.”

The society plans to provide updates on how the situation unfolds and how this will affect programming going forward.

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