While this year’s Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s Charity Open definitely had a different look and feel to it due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing stayed the same - the community’s continued financial support of individuals benefiting from hospice patient care.
In fact, this year’s virtual event surpassed its $250,000 goal raising just over $300,000.
“The Charity Open 2020, our first-ever virtual celebration, was an amazing event showing tremendous support from our community,” according to Shawn Fisher, Agnesian HealthCare Foundation executive director. “We are so blessed to have generous sponsors and dedicated community members that helped our success through their time, their contributions and their support!”
In 2019 alone, just under 1,000 hospice patients in the Fond du Lac and surrounding communities received hospice care with 30 percent of these patients receiving financial assistance for the length of their care - approximately 65 days on average. The Agnesian HealthCare Foundation’s commitment is that all who seek hospice care have access during this sacred time of life, no matter their ability to pay.
The 2020 Agnesian HealthCare Foundation Charity Open was led by Paul and Michelle Muche as senior chairpersons, with Drs. Punit and Nidhi Kumar joining as junior chairpersons.
“We have been supporting hospice from just about the beginning,” according to Paul and Michelle Muche. “It really hit home for us when Hospice Home of Hope was built, as we were fortunate enough to complete the landscaping and take care of the grounds to do this day. The stories of compassion and love we have heard, firsthand, are just incredible. What an honor it has been to co-chair this event for the second year! It has touched our lives - the effect that hospice care has on our community."
As health care professionals, Dr. Punit and Nidhi Kumar know firsthand how hospice care impacts individuals and their families.
"Our family has been involved with hospice for many years now, in many different ways,” they say. “Anyone who has visited Hospice Home of Hope knows that it is a very sacred place. When you arrive, you feel like it has been touched by angels. The volunteers, nurses, providers, and chaplains are very special people of God. Many times, within the community, we have heard stories of gratitude from families whose loved ones have been taken care of through our hospice services. These stories reinforce that we need to continue to support this end-of-life care in our community.”
To learn more, call (920) 926-4959 or visit agnesian.com/charityopen.