Hospice GalaIt was a record crowd at our 13th annual Candle Glow Gala December 1! More than 800 guests came out to support Hosparus Health’s 40 Years of Compassionate Care, raising $340,000 for patients and families!! Check out event photos here.

The gorgeous new Omni Hotel Louisville provided the perfect backdrop for an elegant evening of cocktails and mingling, bidding on a jam-packed silent auction, a decadent dinner and dancing to live music. Thanks to Gala Chair Denise Roby and Glow Lounge Chair Lauren Hendricks, along with their hardworking committees, who made the magic happen!

We were pleased to honor some special people for their lasting contributions to hospice and palliative care. Hosparus Health CHPNA Robyn Mathias was honored with the Dr. Joe Rotella Compassion Award for going above and beyond in caring for patients and families, the Dahlem family received our Sister Marilyn Spink Service Award for their continuing support the past 10 years, and the late Jim Ryan was honored with the Sherrill Thirlwell Award for his generous bequest of $2.5 million, the largest in our history. We are so grateful for each of them!

We’d like to offer up special thanks to our presenting sponsors, McGriff Insurance Services and the Bufford Family Foundation. Their generous support helped make the Gala the best yet! Thank you to our emcee, the lovely and talented Karen Roby, and Brent Rogers, who revved up the crowd during our live donation appeal, bringing in a whopping $41,000 in under 20 minutes!

We’d also like to thank the Knop family for providing a heartwarming testimonial that celebrated the life of Otto Knop Jr., who died under our care at the Inpatient Care Center in March. We were honored to help him fulfill his final wish to walk his youngest daughter down the aisle.

The Gala turned out to be an awesome way to celebrate our Ruby Anniversary! Here’s to the next 40 years!