Hosparus Health 12th annual Candle Glow Gala raises $250,000 for hospice and pallative care

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Hosparus Health’s 12th annual Candle Glow Gala, held Nov. 4, raised more than $250,000 for local hospice and palliative care patients and families. The Louisville-based nonprofit provides compassionate care to more than 7,500 seriously ill patients of all ages and their families each year, regardless of their ability to pay.

About 550 guests came out to the Louisville Marriott Downtown for dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and the presentation of awards. In addition to raising funds, the event served as a celebration of those in the community who have had a lasting effect on hospice care. 

Event emcee Karen Roby and event chair Denise Roby (Photo provided)

The Dr. Joe Rotella Compassion Award went to Hosparus Health Chaplain and Spiritual Care Manager Dina Carroll for her unwavering commitment to compassionate care. The Sister Marilyn Spink Service Award was awarded to Bill Sr., Mary Jane, Billy and Denise Roby for their tireless support of Hosparus Health. In addition to sponsoring the gala for the past six years, the Robys have volunteered many hours of their time. Denise Roby is in her third year as gala planning committee chair. The Sherrill Thirlwell Award was presented to Steve Trager, The Trager Family and Republic Bank and Trust Co. for generously funding many Hosparus Health programs over the past 25 years. Their total charitable giving is well over $300,000.

“We are here tonight to celebrate the work we do and to raise funds to continue providing compassionate care,” Hosparus Health President and CEO Phil Marshall shared during the gala. “We’ve always worked to improve the quality of life. Now, we will work to become the leading innovator of advanced illness care and grief support to help more people live and age optimally than ever before.”

The gala’s presenting sponsor was BB&T. Gold sponsors were Republic Bank & Trust Co. and Kosair Charities. Silver sponsors were Burke Financial Services, Dahlem Realty, LG&E, Harshaw Trane, Delta Dental of Kentucky and Trilogy Health Services.

From Hosparus Health

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