For Immediate Release:
June 3rd, 2013

Diablo, CA - As the lights went down, the stars came out! Local not-for-profit, Hospice of the East Bay, held its biggest fundraiser of the year Saturday at Diablo Country Club. Just as the evening was moving into dinner and a live auction, a regional power outage occurred, bringing this critical fundraiser to a premature end. The Gala, themed Celebrating Our Stars, had over 300 guests in attendance.

In the moments following the outage, volunteers and staff from both Hospice of the East Bay and Diablo Country Club moved with grace, imagination and efficiency to keep guests comfortable, completing the dinner service by candlelight. By good fortune or divine inspiration, Gala Committee Chair Diana Haas had elected to give out penlights as guest mementos. These small, individual lights joined tabletop candles to light the area and guide the dedicated servers through ballroom.

"Hospice of the East Bay and Diablo Country Club regret that the evening ended in this way," said Cindy Hatton, Hospice of East Bay's CEO & President. "However, we wish to extend our gratitude to our supporters and guests for their goodwill, flexibility and assistance in lighting up the night with their generous spirits."

While Hospice of the East Bay was able to successfully complete dinner and honor Bob King with the Sue Bruns Award for Philanthropy, the organization was unable to meet its fundraising goals for the event and is rescheduling the auction for a later date. Hospice of the East Bay relies on support from the community to complete its mission.

Hospice of the East Bay provides compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill patients, while offering emotional, spiritual, and grief support for the entire family. As a not-for-profit organization, we accept all medically qualified patients, regardless of their insurance status or ability to pay. Hospice of the East Bay has served over 20,000 patients and their families since 1977.